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Somali PM lauds release of parliamentary poll timetable

MOGADISHU (SD) – Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble commended the newly revised timetable for the country’s parliamentary elections ahead of the presidential elections which is slated for October 10 this year. 

In a statement, prime Minister Roble urged commended the regional governments for their efforts and called on them to keep the election timetable on track.

“The people of Somalia are waiting for a peaceful, transparent, free and fair election, which will take place on time, so we must work together to implement this important task without delay,” said Prime Minister Roble.

Roble called for concerted efforts to realise the aspirations of the ‘Somali people who are waiting for peaceful, transparent, free and fair election’.

“I commend the electoral schedule released by the Federal Indirect Election Team (FIET) with respect to the election of the Senate and The House of People 2021. I urge stakeholders and partners to support the expeditious organization of the federal elections,” the statement reads in part.

The remarks of the premier come barely a day after the country’s election commission released new timetable for the election of the both houses.

The finalized list of Senatorial candidates is to be announced on July 24. Federal Member State parliaments will elect Senators between July 25 and July 28 and the results will be announced on August 1.

The elections of Lower House members will be held from September 12 to October 2. Each MP will be elected by 101 delegates.  

275 elected MPs will be sworn in on October 7. The country’s presidential election is also expected to take place on October 10.

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