Somalia elections a big farce

somali-parliamentFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – RECURRING intimidation of prospective candidates for parliament, electoral delegates and election officials has shattered prospects of a credible elections in Somalia.

The voting for the Lower House of the Somali Federal Parliament, which was scheduled to start on 23 October according to the revised timeline set out by the Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (FIEIT) have added to the chaos.

Incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud is among dozens of candidates vying for the post of president, who will be elected by new lawmakers.

Meanwhile, some politicians have also been fingered in buy votes through bribery.

The United Nations, African Union and European Union are among organisations that have raised concern.

“Continued delays in the voting and reports of corruption and intimidation are now raising serious questions about the integrity and credibility of the process,” said UN special representative in Somalia, Michael Keating.

He appealed to all parties to refrain from any behavior that contributes to coercion, intimidation and harassment of individuals and the manipulation or corruption of the electoral process.

Apart from the compromised polls, Somalia is contending with a 25-year civil war and the Al-Shabaab terror group.
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