Security support to elections

Region: East Africa
Country: Southern Sudan

ASI supported the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) to develop and implement a Security Strategy for the first presidential, gubernatorial and parliamentary elections in 20 years and to build sufficient capacity to deliver that strategy effectively, ensuring peaceful and secure elections in line with citizen's human rights. The project deployed joint police-military advisory teams to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Internal Affairs,  the Elections Security High Committee, the Southern Sudan Police Service (SSPS), the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and State Security Committees.

The project worked with the Elections Security High Committee to develop a GoSS Threat Analysis and Operational Plan for security. The team subsequently advised the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) on implementation of the Operational Plan to ensure police primacy, clarification of roles of GoSS institutions and security agencies, resource allocation to the ten states, directing State Police Commissioners, coordinating with the SPLA and reporting to the Minister of Internal Affairs and international community.

The project also established a Joint Media Cell (JMC) to: provide a contact point for the media through which to communicate elections security plans to the Sudanese public and civil society; and to improve internal GoSS understanding of the reporting of elections security related incidents in local and international media. The JMC was noted as a great success by the DIGP.

Across the four state capitals of Juba, Bor, Malakal and Wau, the project provided technical assistance to the State Security Committees in tailoring the GoSS Operational Plan to state-level by identifying threats, reviewing capabilities of security organisations and planning their deployment. The teams assisted the establishment of SSPS/SPLA Joint Operations Centres (JOCs) to build capacity in information collection, verification, analysis and reporting and delivered ongoing mentoring to SSPS and SPLA officers assigned to the JOCs. Furthermore, the project delivered specialised training in command of public order operations to SSPS Formed Police Units and SPLA Military Police in three state capitals.