Int'l Partners Laud FGS-FMS Forum
The international partners on Wednesday welcomed steps that have been taken by Somali leaders in the election process in Somalia to ensure the success of the electoral process.
The partners including the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations among other Western countries urged the Somali leaders to address concerns raised regarding the Upper House vote.
''We also note concerns that have been raised regarding the Upper House process and call on the NCC to address these issues in support of a transparent, timely, inclusive and credible process for the House of the People elections,'' the partners said in a joint statement.
''Recalling that 24 per cent of the Upper House seats have so far been filled by women, we call for the redoubling of efforts to achieve at least the 30 per cent quota of seats in both Houses of Parliament going to women,'' the statement added.
Somali leaders on June 29 released an electoral calendar for the country's elections after months of escalating tension between the political factions in the country.
on August 23, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and the five regional state leaders of Jubaland, Puntland, HirShabelle, Galmudug and Southwest state alongside Benadir governor Omar Mohamud Filish released a new framework of elections.
The Council of Presidential Candidates and the Somali Civil Society Coalition opposed the new process of electing Members of Parliament to the National Assembly.
The Horn of the African nation is preparing for the lengthy Lower House elections, which will culminate in the election of a new president in October..