The election deadline on July 1st and 2nd is approaching while the community association leadership campaign is well in progress. On Sunday the 5th, 2016, Bor Engagement Team was well represented with the top figures. The meeting was attended by members of Bor Action Team, Organising Committee and a few invited elderlies to hear the campaign summaries from the candidates. This article is intended to inform you of teleconference discussion in which Bor Engagement Team (BET) wonderfully brought campaign closer to the community elderlies, and emphasize tremendous resolutions to challenges facing our young population as well as focusing to selectively identify key investment of generating income to the community.
Proving to be instrumental candidate to lead our community, John Abuoi Manyang utilized his chance to summarize what he could do as a leader. He drew the attention of his audience with a lot of emphases to the important of unified and organised community. He quickly reminded his opponent and the elderlies that they were campaigning for common goal of improving our community. He mentioned some instances such as keeping our kids away from crime, supporting our members interested in small business such as running restaurant or children daycare, and seeking reliable opportunities of investment to generate some income to our community. He also proclaimed unity of the community while fledging his support should the winner be someone else other than him, “It doesn’t matter who end up being a pick to lead the community, we have to mindfully work together regardless of who is winning the election in the month of July, 2016,” Manyang said in the conference.
As he went further to clarify his point of one community, John Abuoi impressively claimed that the community leadership election was not decided to divide one group from another but rather it was good idea for the candidates to have strategic thoughts of what will be beneficial to Bor community. Abuoi also recollected his pride of Bor community. He said, “It is bad to be known with bad deeds and our community is a differential champion of positive settlement”. This was the first statement from the candidate to condemn fragmentation of the Bor community calling it of being low in characteristic that Bor community has never been known of such in history.
The invited elderly eventually expressed themselves predominantly with comments compare to supposedly questions; however, the idea of Bor community leadership was embraced. Adut Akuot, an invited elder, made her point of being supportive of the community organization idea. She said, “If the sons and daughters of Bor community have decided to organize themselves in an association, it is good. We are here to tell you how it was in the past so that you make of what will be good in your future.”
Other important point that came up in the meeting was encouraging community investment which was a very good point of the campaign, none the less, how you make an investment was much of controversy. Daniel Riek Mach proposed investment in community centres. On the other hand, John Abuoi Manyang thought that ownership of community centres is a possibility only if the Bor community national association has been established and everyone is engaged in supporting the community association. Someone has to give it a careful thought. How should you be specific of the community centres ownership without even having taken a look at the first result of the community fundraising? Bearing in mind the current lack of fund, Bor engagement team believe the community centres are possibilities but we must first engage our community on the idea of fundraising and other means of generating income. The next step will be to assign the centre initiative of investment to a delegation to critically look at pros and cons of operation.
The last topic discussed was controversy in the voting process that was carried out in the absent of elderlies. Bor engagement team proposed one voting centre and accepted many centres as long as the Organizing Committee would be capable of running them. Our team had the privilege to make out their side story. Abacha Maluk started with nothing else but a challenge to the condition that allow both teams to represent their concerns that would not necessary change the past vote of offsite centre including phone calls and email for election. “Both teams should have been invited to voice their concerns prior to voting otherwise it is unnecessary to present a view that will not change the status quo.” He challenged the Organizing Committee to rethink their position.
Equivocally, Bor Engagement Team representatives pointed out all advantage and disadvantage points in their speeches. Fair enough, it was well accomplished and homework done kind from our team campaign manager Adut Agoor that was followed by our top candidate John Abuoi Manyang with advancing statement of comparing the two scenarios. They cautioned that there were many of our supporters that we doubted of their attendance to election conference. Moreover, they spoke of having nothing to gain with one voting centre, however if it was deemed important to create many centres to allow people an opportunity to vote, then it had to be all cities nationwide
They also warned of any decision that was jeopardising secret ballots must also equally apply to anyone else attending the conference. It was viewed phone call voting was compromising voting in secret. Other important reasons to support offsite as opposing to onsite were discussed and one may not be certain of what the Organizing Committee may decide; however there was another elephant in the room and that was budgeting and acquiring enough personnel to run the election in the different centres. Therefore I advise that it is rest assure that offsite voting centres and phone calls for election will suffer a failure. If you are our supporter, please be aware nothing has changed and you should be ready with normal preparation of your trip to vote for John Abuoi Manyang as a right leader to move our community ahead in a few years to come.
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