Rigging fears as Somalia again delays pollFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – ANOTHER delay in the electoral calendar, which defers the election of a new president, has put in question the Somali authorities’ unequivocal commitment to the electoral process.
The Somali Federal Indirect Election Implementation Team (FIEIT) has announced a further one month delay, with the election of the new President to now take place on November 30.
This marks a second extension going beyond the constitutionally mandated term limits. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is the incumbent after securing power in 2012.
The delay has been attributed to security issues, blamed on the insurgency by the Al-Shabaab terror group, and administrative problems.
Recently, the UN Security Council raised concern at delays and proposed Governance arrangements need to be agreed until 30 November to confer legitimacy.
On Monday, the European Union also showed concern, saying any further delay would undermine the legitimacy of the institutions while the new timeline should not provide the space for manipulation and disruption by spoilers.
EU said the electoral process must mark a clear change in scope from the process in 2012 and be more inclusive, transparent and credible for the polls to be an indispensable step towards a democratic, united and stable Somalia.
Polls in the country situated in the Horn of Africa are anticipated years of civil strife and terror.
A car bomb attacked the Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for claimed two live in the capital Mogadishu this weekend.
– CAJ News
Short URL: http://cajnewsafrica.com/?p=15637