BAIDOA, Somalia – The police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has completed a six-day training course for Somali security forces in Baidoa, the southwestern state of Somalia, to increase their ability to secure the electoral process.
The training was attended by 20 participants, including four women, from the South West State Police, including officials from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Somali National Army (SNA). The course was held on the premises of the Ministry of Internal Security in the southwestern state of Somalia.
The training was intended to equip the Somali police with the knowledge and skills required to secure elections. Trainees were recruited through leadership of public order, patrols, gender perspectives in election management, human rights, the role of security agencies in electoral security and Somali national electoral security policy, among others.
Southwestern Prime Minister of Internal Security Isak Subug, who led the course, said the training was current and necessary.
“Finally [few] days AMISOM has provided training in electoral protection to the police, Somalia’s national army and CID departments. The training was successful and the officers have learned a lot about how to ensure elections and to take care of security after the election, says Minister Subug.
Speaking at the end of the training on Thursday, the acting police chief of the Amisom coordinating police, Bisong Ejue, said that the course was crucial for the Somali police to increase their understanding of electoral security.
“We are in an election period and this course has explained all the roles for the election. In fact, it is a preparatory education before the election and to ensure that the election that emerges will be handled with all seriousness,” says SP Ejue.
Vice President of the South West State Electoral Commission, Nurdin Ibrahim, expressed satisfaction with the training and said it would help various election stakeholders to work together, resulting in a smooth process.
“During an election, the first priority is election security. If security is not ensured, it will be a huge challenge. Training of officials from different security agencies on how we can work together to secure the election will affect the election smoothly. It will mean a lot to us. “It will make the job easier and the choice will be peaceful,” says Nurdin.
AMISOM, in cooperation with the Somali Police Force (SPF), has the task of providing security during elections and ensuring the security of election materials and officials at both federal and state levels to ensure free, fair and credible elections.
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