International Community calls on Somali leaders to expedite and hold credible elections; warns against scuttling of the process
International partners have called on the Somali leaders to honour their commitment to complete the ongoing parliamentary elections in the country by February 25th as stipulated in the National Consultative Council meeting which was chaired by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and attended by regional leaders. In a joint statement posted on their Twitter handles, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the US Embassy in Mogadishu urged the Somali leaders to uphold the agreement and hold a credible and transparent election that favours all the stakeholders. The US Embassy in Mogadishu said that the United States will hold culpable any Somali leader found to interfere and scuttle the electoral process. "We again call on #Somalia’s leaders to honor their commitments to the Somali people to complete parliamentary elections in a credible and transparent manner by Feb 25. The United States will hold accountable those who obstruct or undermine the process" read the statement. "UNSOM further called for corrective measures to achieve credible elections and ensure the 30% women quota is met. In a joint statement issued today, #Somalia’s international partners urge timely and credible conclusion of the electoral process and call for corrective measures to achieve #SomaliWomen30percent quota." This comes amid a split among the Federal Electoral body members after conflicting letters emerged from the commission on the suspension of the election of HOP#86 ehich is being contested by Former NISA boss and current National Security Advisor to President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo Fahad Yassin whose election is scheduled on Sunday. The Statement was signed by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, European Union (EU), Finland, Germany, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, League of Arab States (LAS), Netherlands, Norway, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and United Nations.