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Federal, state leaders agree to conclude Lower House elections by Feb 25

MOGADISHU (SD) – Traditional elders, civil society members will have the full authority to select electoral delegates electing lower house members, Somalia’s federal and regional state leaders agreed Sunday.

Somali prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble and leaders of five regional state as well as Mogadishu mayor have been holding talks on electoral process for the last six days in Mogadishu.

The forum which was focus on finalising electoral process was attended Somali prime minister, leaders of Puntland, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, Southwest, Jubbaland and the mayor of Mogadishu.

The forun also invited representatives from the opposition, Civil Society, Women and the International Community.

According to a released communique,  lower house elections will be concluded between 15 January and 25 February.

The leaders ageed in the communique that the Federal and State Election Implementation Team to execute their duties in accordance with the previous poll agreements.

“Federal and State Election Implementation Commissions, are independent in the conduct of elections, in accordance with the agreement of 17 September 2020, 1 October 2020, 27 May 2021, 22 August 2021 and the communiqué of 9 January, 2022,” the communique reads in part.

The leaders agreed that AMISOM to take control of Villa Somalia security, according to communique.

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