Election arrangements in Somalia in February stalled

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Doubts persist over the holding of elections in Somalia in February in a stalemate in the implementation of the electoral model agreed by political leaders in September last year.

Months after President Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo and the leaders of the Federal Member States (FMS) approved the roadmap, the reforms have not been implemented.

The Federal Indirect Election Commission (FIEC) had set legislative elections for January 6 and presidential elections for February 7 but has already missed its deadline.

There is a real possibility that some FMS will abstain from participating in the electoral process.

The threat of political violence persists as tensions between the main parties remain high and electoral preparations are delayed.

Somalia’s international partners have expressed deep concern over the continuing impasse.

“We urge the main political actors in Somalia to show leadership in the interest of the nation,” they jointly declared.

Partners include the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the European Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the United Nations.

They urged the leaders to resolve outstanding implementation issues through dialogue and compromise so that a credible electoral process can proceed as quickly as possible.

Partners urge Somali leaders to respect and fully implement the 30% quota for women in parliament.

They denounced the sporadic violence perpetrated by the Islamist Al-Shabaab.

“International partners reaffirm that any threat or use of violence is not acceptable.”

Somalia last held a direct multi-party election in the 1969 parliamentary ballot. A military coup by Siad Barre immediately followed.

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