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Somalia to review names of disputed poll committee

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somali prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble on Sunday has tasked a ministerial-level committee to probe complaints against Federal Indirect Elections Team (FIET) ahead of Somali parliamentary and presidential elections which slated for August this year.

A tweet from the Prime Minister’s office said the committee will review the names of the individuals submitted to the prime minister.

“Prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble has on Saturday appointed a ministerial-level committee to verify complaints against some members of the Electoral Commissions of both levels of electoral Federal & State commissions in accordance with Article 1 of the National Electoral Consultative Agreement,” the office said in the post.

According to the opposition, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the President Abdinur Mohamed was included in the list members of the election committee.

Some members of the Electoral Committees are said to be public servants and intelligence officials working in the Presidential office, National Intelligence Agency Service (NISA), and other federal government institutions.

Today’s appointment comes barely three days after Somali political leaders agreed to the contested names of Federal Indirect Elections Team (FIET) to be submitted to Prime Minister who accepted to direct for their replacement to the authorities.

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