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International Community to Somalia: electoral timetable remains well behind schedule and needs to be accelerated

Mogadishu (SD) – An statement from Somalia’s International Partners expressed concern over the delay in the country’s elections, and called on the Federal and State leaders to move quickly to complete the by-elections before the end of 2021.

“International partners are deeply concerned by continuing delays in the Somali electoral process. While the recent start to the House of the People voting process is a positive development, the electoral timetable remains well behind schedule and needs to be accelerated.” Their statement said.

The International Partners added “We urge national and Federal Member State leaders and election management bodies to advance quickly to complete inclusive and credible House of the People elections before the end of 2021, respecting the 30 per cent minimum quota for women. We also call on Galmudug authorities to immediately elect the two remaining seats to complete the Upper House electoral process.”

The statement from Somalia’s Partners urged the country’s leaders to complete the agree upon election process.
“International partners note the recent announcement of a settlement in the dispute between the President and Prime Minister. We urge the two leaders to implement the agreed terms promptly and re-focus on national priorities, especially completion of the electoral process.” Their statement said.

The partners concluded “International partners once again call for full and rapid implementation of the 17 September 2020 and 27 May 2021 agreements.”

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