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UN envoy says Somali election ‘likely’ to take place in December

More than 14,000 Electoral College delegates are voting for the 275-member Lower House of parliament, and so far, fewer than half of the members have been selected.

by John Thiongo,

NAIROBI – The United Nations envoy to Somalia insists that presidential elections will take place in Somalia on December 15 after technical problems are resolved and two house legislators are elected amid concerns of fraud and vote buying by candidates.

Speaking to the BBC’s Focus on Africa program on Friday afternoon, Mr. Michael Keateng said that the vote will likely not happen within the time set for it before, but will now take place on December 15. Somali has initially announced that the presidential election would take place on November 30.

“My best guess is that it will happen by about the 15th of December.  But I think the maximum number of MPs for the lower house need to be elected before the competition for the speakers goes ahead.” He said an interview.

“Even if the announcement of the timetable takes place before the bulk of 275 are elected and that might have the effect of accelerating the outstanding elections for the lower house.” he noted.

Meanwhile, Somalia’s auditor general said that massive cases of corruption and voter intimidation have marred the ongoing parliamentary elections in Somalia.

Gen Nur Farah Jimale told BBC that bribes of between $1,000 – $5,000 (£800; £4,000) have been paid, with some candidates have been offering bribes of up to $1.3m (£1m) to secure votes.

Meanwhile, Alleastafrica learned that Somalia’s electoral commission is planning to nullify the election of some legislators over allegations of vote-buying and bribes.

Among the new legislators whose election will have to be nullified is Mahad Salad, Somalia’s minister for presidency, Mustafa Dhuhulow, the former information minister, Sadiq Abdikarim, a presidential aide and Abdikadir Gafow, a brother of the country national intelligence chief.

Indirect elections have been taking place since October as the country remains too unsafe for a national vote.

Much of the country is still under the control of Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

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1 comment

r.dachuben Nov 26, 2016 at 1:04 am

Subject: “UN insists Somali election to take place on Dec 15, Nov 25, 2016”

Commentary, 25 Nov 2016

I am puzzled! Let me repeat the Title: “UN insists Somalia election take place on Dec 15” Really? Since when does the UN dictates Member States to behave in line with the dictates of UN employees? That reminds me of my own quote in my own Article, which goes like this:
>>> “ a book written in French by an African lady, translated into English (I assume) apparently entitled “What If Africa Refuses to Develop?”. It is a fantastic question and says a volume (to me, that is). I never read the book – the Title was enough for me! I see, hear and read the naked answer every day. If Africa refuses to be what it can be, there is no force in the universe that can extricate a deeply hypnotised country” <<< That is what I wrote in my Article.

With due to respect to His Excellency the “Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia”, it must be recognized that the people of Somalia are FREE to do what they want to do for their own benefit, based on their own judgement — whether outsiders like it or not. May I add: would the UN “insist” that the USA election take place at a certain time? I RUSH TO ADMIT, it is heaven and sub-Terrain comparison. My apology!

Let me end with my sincere best wishes to the good people of Somalia, in what ever endeavour they wish to embark, for their own happiness, political stability and socioeconomic development. THE END

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