Foreign envoys on Wednesday urged all stakeholders in southern Somali state of Jubaland to reach agreement on a single electoral process that is credible, inclusive, fair and peaceful ahead of the Thursday’s events.
The envoys from 13 countries including the United States, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, among other blocs, expressed concern that in the absence of such agreement, the possibility of instability and division within Jubaland is significantly increased.
“Ahead of the planned events on August 22, 2019, we call on all stakeholders to avoid any actions that could cause violence,” said the envoys in a joint statement issued in Mogadishu.
They welcomed the efforts of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to create a secure environment in Jubaland, and encourage coordination between the forces on the ground.
“We urge all stakeholders to act with restraint, wisdom, and statesmanship,” said the envoys, noting that maintaining peace and stability in Jubaland is crucial not only for the people of this Federal Member State but also to enabling further progress on Somalia’s national political, security, economic and development priorities.
According to the schedule, after the conclusion of the selection process of the lawmakers, the state assembly will cast votes for the state president who will become the second one since the Jubaland Administration was formed in 2013.
The incumbent president, Ahmed Madobe, is seeking to retain his seat but faces very stiff competition from six other presidential candidates, some of whom are backed by the national government. Enditem