US and British ambassadors warn of electoral violence in Somalia, disappointed by lack of women quotas

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MOGADISHU ( AXADLE) The US and British ambassadors to Somalia, Colleen Crenwelge and Kate Foster, have expressed disappointment at the failure to secure the 30% quota for women in the recent upper house of Somalia’s federal parliament.

Only 26% of the 54 elected legislators are women, despite the National Advisory Council’s agreement to reserve at least 10 seats in the upper house (Senate) and 83 seats in the House of Commons for women.

“We were disappointed that the election to the upper house did not reach this important benchmark of 30% quota. But we hope that this quota will eventually be met,” Ambassador Crenwelge told reporters.

At a joint press conference on Tuesday, US Charge’d’affaires Colleen Crenwelge and British Ambassador Kate Foster both warned that the election dispute could lead to conflict in the country, which is not in the interests of the fragile people. Somalia.

“We call for all election-related complaints and disputes to be resolved through dialogue and in a peaceful manner,” Crenwelge said.

The two ambassadors stated that they had met with Villa Somalia’s administration, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Union of presidential candidates and informed them to avoid violence and because they also called for putting the public interest before the politicians’ own interests.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR ELECTION FINANCING

The two ambassadors reiterated that they had set conditions for a request for election funding from the Somali government requesting $ 2.7 million, until the electoral authorities could explain how their money is being used. This includes compliance with state and federal laws on public financial management (PFM), all candidate fees are deposited in the Treasury Single Account (TSA), with expenses tracked on the Financial Management Information System (FMIS).

“We have made it clear and we have attached additional conditions for election financing. It is my responsibility as UK Ambassador to monitor and track the money we pay and account for how it is spent as it is money paid by UK taxpayers,” said Ambassador Foster.

They noted that they had heard reports of corruption in the electoral process and were concerned about the transparency of the indirect electoral process.

AL-SHABAB IMPACT

When asked what they would do about al-Shabaab’s influence in the election, the two ambassadors emphasized that transparency in the election was crucial. They recapitulated that indirect electoral bodies were obliged to ensure that candidates vying for parliamentary posts were scrutinized and verified.

ROLE OF THE MEDIA

The two ambassadors expressed the importance of the work of independent media and called on the authorities to allow free media as an essential component of democratic processes.

The US and British ambassadors expressed their commitment to support journalists and the media in Somalia as a way to promote good governance, fight corruption and peace in the country.

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