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2nd day of poll talks concludes in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (SD) – The second day of Somali national consultative forum has just been concluded in Somali capital with the main agenda of the forum being amending and the implementation of 2020 poll agreement between the federal government and its member states.

Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, the spokesperson of the government said progress has been made on issues discussed by federal and state leaders.

“The 2nd day of the Nationaal Consultative Conference chaired by HE PM @MohamedHRoble has concluded in a positive atmosphere while good progress has been made on the issues discussed today regarding on elections with the base of 17 September Agreement. Meetings Will continue,” the spokesperson said in a twitter post.

The meeting which is chaired by prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has been focusing most of the contentious issues including reducing number of polling station, security of the elections, and Somaliland issue.

According to sources privy to the meeting, the participants have debated on proposal by Jubbaland and Puntland states calling for the reduction of the number of polling stations to one, with the elections to take place only in the administrative capitals of the states.

Last year, leaders of the federal government and regional states agreed elections to be held in the two main towns of each states.

Today’s meeting also discussed means to allow leaders from Somaliland to have the full mandate of choosing their own electoral teams.

According to the office of the PM, the talks will be continuous to deal with other remaining contentious issues that had caused the delay of this year’s elections in the horn of Africa nation.

Leaders of Jubbaland, Puntland, Galmudug, Southwest and Jubbaland states as well as the mayor of Mogadishu are attending the election talks which is expected conclude in the forthcoming days.

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