African Union congratulates the people of Somalia on releasing election dates

RESS RELEASE -The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC), Ambassador Francisco Madeira, has congratulated the Somali people for agreeing on an electoral process timetable that will culminate in the election of a new president on October 30, 2016.

The SRCC, who is also the head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), said the Mission would work with the people of Somalia in ensuring the process is held in an atmosphere of peace and stability.

“AMISOM will use its resources to support the people of Somalia and ensure that the Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (FIEIT) carries out a credible and transparent process that will result in a new parliament, speaker and president for Somalia”, Ambassador Madeira said.

The SRCC also called on the Somali people to take advantage of the electoral schedule to fully participate in the election of a new parliament that will be a foundation for the next poll in 2020 when one-person one-vote system will be fully implemented.

The FIEIT on Sunday said elections for the Upper House (Senate), will be held by the 25th of September. Elections for the House of the People (Parliament) will be held between September 24 – October 10 and October 30, 2016, as the day to elect the President.

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