FEIT Gives Three States 48 Hours to Start Lower House Elections in Somalia

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FEIT Gives Three States 48 Hours to Start Lower House Elections in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Federal Election Implementation Team [FEIT] gave three states an ultimatum to begin lower house elections in Somalia, warning that any further delay would have dire consequences in the coming days.

Elections in Somalia were a thorn in the flesh, with the international community warning that any further delay cannot be tolerated. Ideally, all parliamentary elections were to end early this month based on the May 27 deal.

In a statement, the implementation team demanded that Jubaland, Northeastern State and Hirshabelle begin lower house elections within 48 hours. But so far none of those states have yet given the list of candidates running for various seats.

“The Federal Election Implementation Team called on the Somali states of Jubbaland, Northeastern State and Hirshabelle on Monday evening to begin the People’s House elections within 48 hours,” state media reported.

In the statement, the team also demanded that all three states give tangible reasons if they fail to start the long overdue elections. It comes as the opposition calls for a suspension of the process over allegations of “rigging”.

“The FGS-FMS will take responsibility for any further delay in parliamentary elections in Somalia,” said FEIT, which has been tasked with conducting polls in collaboration with federal states and other stakeholders in the country.

Jubaland’s “FEIT” Election Implementation Committee has announced that it will hold elections for 14 seats in the People’s House.

Already, the opposition has boycotted the polls and instead started planning the national consultative forum to discuss several underlying issues. They accuse the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo of having staged the exercise in his favor.

Former Somali Prime Minister Omar Sharmarke, currently in Mogadishu, reportedly met with outgoing President Farmaajo on Sunday evening. The meeting, which lasted for several hours, focused on the contested elections in Somalia, according to a source.

In the southwest, North Western of Somaliaand even the Banadir region, several results of the lower house elections have been challenged on allegations of rigging. A number of winners are said to be closely linked to Farmaajo.

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