Friday August 16, 2019
The African Union and UN have called for peaceful and credible
elections in Jubaland, southern Somalia, saying the polls slated for
Aug. 24 are critical for the country's stability.
Senior representatives from African Union, the Intergovernmental
Authority on Development and the UN reiterated the need for a single,
agreed electoral process which is according to the Jubaland Constitution
and consistent with the federal Provisional Constitution.
"They urged all parties to refrain from any acts of violence or
intimidation," said the envoys in a joint statement issued on Thursday
evening after visiting the port town of Kismayo, the interim capital of
The delegation traveled to Kismayo to engage with stakeholders on
Jubaland's ongoing electoral process, which is expected to culminate in
the election by the State Assembly of the State President.
The delegation urged all stakeholders to address disagreements
through dialogue and ensure public confidence in a process that would be
accepted as credible and fair.
According to the schedule, after the conclusion of the selection
process of the lawmakers, the State Assembly will cast votes for the
The incumbent president, Ahmed Madobe, is seeking to retain his seat
but faces stiff competition from six other candidates, some of whom are
backed by the national government.