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PM meets poll organizers as elections fall behind schedule

Wednesday September 1, 2021

Mogadishu (HOL) - Somalia's Prime Minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, met with the electoral commissions along with federal and state Dispute Resolution Commissions on Tuesday to discuss the electoral process.

The PM briefed the commissions on the government's efforts to expedite the elections - which is already behind schedule - and urged the committees to work closely together to implement the elections' procedures.

According to the state-owned news agency, Roble discussed selecting delegates and the role of traditional elders and civil society, how to achieve a 30$ quota for women and the costs associated with the election.

"I met today with the federal and state Dispute Resolution Commissions to discuss issues related to the electoral process. We talked about implementation procedures, election transparency, the selection of delegates, the role of civil society, cooperation between the commissions, and women's quotas. "We have promised to start the second phase of the elections as soon as possible and to ensure that the elections are free and fair," the PM said.

According to a timetable released by the Federal Electoral Commission (FEIT), Somalia should have been starting the process to select MPs to the Lower House this week. However, as of Wednesday - when the FIET was supposed to announce the Upper House results - there are still seats in the Senate to be filled in several of the Federal Member States. Barring a significant turnaround, it is unclear if  Somalia will hold presidential elections on October 10 as planned.



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