Somali leader commits to holding credible elections

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo speaks after winning the vote in Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 8, 2017. Former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was elected new president of Somalia in a tightly contested polls held in Mogadishu on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei)

Somali President Mohamed Farmajo HAS expressed his commitment to holding free, fair and credible elections in line with the deal reached on Sept. 17 last year with federal member states

Farmajo who met with representatives of the international community in Mogadishu to seek ways of resolving the current electoral impasse on Saturday said he had already compromised on a number of issues and called on all parties to the electoral process to work towards achieving a transparent election. “I have made compromises over the implementation of the electoral process and that needs commitment and encouragement to ensure elections happen in accordance with the constitution,” Farmajo told the envoys according to a statement issued after the meeting.He briefed the diplomats on the progress made in the electoral process, including the political agreement between the government and the federal member states, the approval of the procedures and laws governing the elections, the preparation of the Independent Electoral Commissions and the approval of the electoral budget.

Farmajo whose term expires on Feb. 8 lauded the government’s efforts in ensuring the conduct of credible elections, and stressed the need to move forward with electoral plans. The meeting came after Jubbaland and Puntland which had earlier rejected the composition of the electoral commission and its capacity to hold a free, fair and credible vote and demanded its overhaul, accepted to form their respective electoral committees.

Leaders of the two federal member states also called for a meeting between the five-member states and the government to resolve the contentious issues to pave the way for free, fair and credible elections.During the meeting, the envoys commended the steps taken by the government to implement the electoral process, and pledged their support for the Somali people and government in their efforts to hold inclusive elections.

Somalia on Dec. 1 2020 missed a deadline to hold its parliamentary elections which were due to begin as agreed by the government and six regional states in September 2020.Already, the current tenure of Parliament has lapsed. Parliamentary and presidential elections were to be held between December 2020 and February.

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