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Somalia's International Partners Applaud Puntland Ahead of Local Council Elections

Monday May 22, 2023

MOGADISHU (HOL) - The global community has shown an outpouring of praise for Puntland, a member of the Somali Federal Government, ahead of its local council elections slated for May 25th. Their commendation recognizes the steadfast dedication of Puntland's citizens in fulfilling their democratic aspirations.

In a joint statement issued today, Somalia’s international partners lauds the work of the Transitional Puntland Electoral Commission (TPEC). They have recognized the commission's tireless endeavors in overcoming numerous challenges in the organization and execution of this historic direct election - a significant milestone in Puntland's democratic journey.

The international community further used this platform to encourage all stakeholders involved in the election process to promote and maintain peace. They stressed the need for respectful dialogue and adherence to legal procedures in resolving potential conflicts or issues that may arise during the elections. This, they believe, is integral to upholding the democratic process's integrity.

Puntland's history with direct elections has won confidence from international partners who see this as an invaluable resource. They have articulated their belief that the experiences gathered from the Puntland elections could serve as a blueprint, fostering the growth and spread of democracy throughout Somalia's governmental institutions.

The international allies have reassured their unwavering commitment to the democratization process in Somalia, pledging ongoing support as the country advances towards an increasingly democratic future.


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