In a statement to FIEIT and Somaliland state level electoral body SIEIT, the Prime Minister said the call was in line with the wishes of elders from Somaliland whom he noted had expressed concerns of a compromised poll in the earlier proposed centre.
Somaliland is yet to commence elections of both the Lower and Upper Houses following several delays and wrangles over delegate’s lists.
Elders hailing from Somaliland have demanded venue change of their constituency’s Upper and Lower Houses elections in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, following intimidation and threats, Garowe Online reports.
A letter signed by 11 Somaliland elders was sent to the country’s Federal electoral commission, in which they demanded the election venue to be shifted to Halane compound, AMISOM’s military base in Mogadishu.
According to a statement issued by caretaker Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, he accepted elders’ decision to move the polling station from Police transport headquarter in Abdulaziz district to Halane base and requested Federal electoral commission to consider their demand.
Caretaker PM Sharmarke has recently opposed the arrest of Somaliland elder by National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) in Mogadishu. Meanwhile, NISA has dismissed the accusation by the caretaker Prime Minster and distanced itself from the elder’s arrest.
Somalia’s international partners have previously expressed concern over corruption, harassment and intimidation towards delegates and candidates in the electoral process and called Somali leaders-term ended in September 10- to take decisive actions to ensure credible elections.
Election 2016 Provisional Results (UPDATE)
International community expresses grave concern over HirShabelle disqualified candidate
The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States are gravely concerned about the holding of a vote in the HirShabelle interim capital of Jowhar yesterday for a seat in the House of the People that was won by a disqualified candidate.
The Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (FIEIT) recently disqualified Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, the outgoing federal Minister of Youth and Sports, and another contender for the seat, Ahmed Sheikh Nur, for their role in the violence that occurred inside and outside the polling center in Jowhar last month in which a number of people, including electoral college delegates, were injured.
The holding of yesterday’s election in Jowhar was in disregard of a 7 December letter sent by the FIEIT to the HirShabelle State-Level Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (SIEIT) and the state’s President Ali Abdullahi Osoble which explicitly banned Mr. Hassan and Mr. Nur from contesting the House of the People seat, which had been allocated to the Jidle clan.
Yesterday’s vote flouts the rules established for Somalia’s 2016 electoral process by the National Leadership Forum, which invested the FIEIT with the authority to disqualify parliamentary candidates found to have violated the code of conduct or engaged in abuses and malpractices. The international community will therefore insist that the decision of the FIEIT regarding the seat allocated to the Jidle clan still stands.
Mr. Keating also welcomed the communiqué issued by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development at the 9 December extraordinary summit of heads of state and government in Addis Ababa that commended the overall progress achieved to date in the electoral process and underscored the importance of enabling the Independent Electoral Dispute Resolution Mechanism (IEDRM) to carry out its investigations of alleged electoral abuse and malpractices and ensuring acceptance and implementation of its rulings. The international community expects the IEDRM to conclude its investigations in a timely manner and to take appropriate action, including nullifying the results of the seats affected by the most egregious irregularities.
“The vote in Jowhar is deeply troubling,” said SRSG Keating. “If this outcome is allowed to stand and other egregious cases of electoral process abuse are unchallenged, then the credibility and legitimacy of the entire electoral process will be imperiled. Any spoilers who are found by the electoral implementation bodies to have violated the rules of the process must be held accountable for their actions.”