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Jubaland demands return of Gedo region ahead of election
Somali Elections

Jubaland demands return of Gedo region ahead of election

The Jubbaland state of Somalia has issued a strong statement on the country's 2020-21 elections expressing its desire for free, fair and equal elections in the country. According to the statement released on Sunday, the Jubbaland State said it is ready to work for a timely election, but the government was violating the September 17, 2020 agreement reached in Mogadishu between the central government and member states. They called for the return of control to the Gedo region, adding that 'militia' forces under the command of the federal government have been in control for the past 10 months. ''Unfortunately, one of the two election centres in Jubaland state, that is Gedo region is under illegal occupation by an armed militia sent there by the federal government of Somalia,'' the statement read in part. ''On the umpteenth time, Jubaland state of Somalia demands the federal government to return Gedo region to the rightful jurisdiction of Jubaland state of Somalia and restore the legitimate local administration of Gedo that has been usurped by the armed militia it dispatched there 10 months ago,'' Jubaland state also warned the central government to ignore the complaints and warnings issued by the country's political stakeholders, Union of Candidates, who are demanding a free and fair election. Jubaland and Puntland have no representatives in the poll commission accusing the federal government of selecting NISA officer. The move comes hours after the Electoral Commission elected a new chairman and vice-chairman, following weeks of scrutiny by members of the commission at the Decale Hotel near the airport in Mogadishu.