Mogadishu (SD) – Former Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed released a statement regarding the parliament’s decision to extend the Independent Electoral Commission’s mandate.
In a statement, Sheikh Sharif said he was “deeply saddened” by the decision by the Somali parliament to postpone the nomination of the National Independent Electoral Commission which is due to appear in parliament on May 27, 2020.
“These are a violation of the Transitional Constitution and the recently adopted National Electoral Law. We warn against any attempt to delay the national election, and to extend the mandate of the constitutional bodies and the national leadership, ”Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said in a statement.
Former President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has been accused by the federal government of failing to hold a free and fair election in the country, he also said the government officials would be held accountable for the consequences of the extension.
“The consequences of such attempts will be the responsibility of the authorities. This government has failed in its mandate to hold one-man one-vote and free and fair elections. ” concluded Sheikh Sharif.
The election committee is expected to meet parliament next June 27, and are expected to provide information on the type of election that may be taking place in the country and when it is scheduled to occur.
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