US urges Somali leaders to conclude lower house elections by 2022

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US urges Somali leaders to conclude lower house elections by 2022

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The United States has once again called on regional leaders to speed up the lower house elections, in a bid to end an electoral exercise that has dragged on for nearly a year, following several delays coupled with internal quarrels.

Based on the most recent May 27 deal, lower house elections were due to end in October this year, but the process has dragged on as several states have yet to launch the elections on schedule.

In a statement, the United States, which appreciated the conclusion of the Senate elections, called on all regional leaders to speed up the exercise in the interest of stability and development in the nation of the Horn of Africa.

“We welcome the closure of the Upper House elections yesterday. Now is the time for Said Deni, President Madobe, Mr. Qoorqoor, Gudlawe Hussein and Laftagareen to honor Mohamed Roble’s call to conclude the elections to the House of the People before the end of the year 202. ”declared the United States Embassy.

“Funds are available to carry out an important part of the elections to the House of the People, thanks to the candidate registration fees already collected and the contributions of Somalia’s partners, including the United States,” he said. he adds.

Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble recently said lower house elections are expected to end by the end of the month, adding that all states should comply with the directive. Only North Western of Somaliahas started the process, so far electing only two of the 46 MPs.

Each state will have 101 delegates chosen by the elders of the community electing the representatives of the lower house. Upon completion of the exercise, the 275 deputies and 54 senators will elect the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

On Saturday, the three-month elections for the upper chamber in Somalia ended with the election of the last two senators. The Galmudug State Parliament elected Sen. Abdi Awale Qaybdiid and Mahad Aden Guled, thus closing the fiscal year that began on July 29.

The election of the two senators now fills the 54 members of the Upper House. Federal member states, however, exceeded the 30 percent threshold for women by six percentage points. Of the 54 seats, women occupy 13 of them, or about 24 percent.

The year was marked by the massive withdrawal of candidates, particularly in the states of Northeastern State and Galmudug. The allies of the FMS leaders won elections in most of the FMS.

Hirshabelle, however, broke ranks with other FMS, widening the pool of candidates to include both opposition and pro-government candidates. The conclusion of the senatorial elections now shines the spotlight on the clans which should be the remaining 273 deputies.

Outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo will face his seasoned competitors including former Presidents Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as well as former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in the presidential election.

It was 50 years since Somalia last held a “one person, one vote” election.

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