Somalia: Southwest State delays Dec 19. Presidential election
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The Southwest state assembly of Somalia has on Saturday postponed the presidential elections of the state slated for December 5.
In a statement, the electoral commission says reason for the delay is because of the huge tasks remaining to be completed before election.
The commision said that they did not get all the election materials and necessary training.
The election was scheduled to take place 19th December, according to the electoral commission.
It is 3rd time that the regional presidential election to be delayed.
On Friday, nearly 100 well-equipped Federal police soldiers were dispatched to Baidoa town, some 250km southwest of Somali capital Mogadishu, ahead of the upcoming presidential elections of South West State region.
The Federal government of Somalia was accused of dispatching 100 police soldiers to Baidoa sway the elections, according to Former Speaker of Federal, Aden Mohamed Nur “Aden Madobe” who was speaking in Baidoa.
Madobe urged the Federal government to return the troops to Somali capital Mogadishu
Meanwhile, UN called on presidential candidates in the country’s South West State to promote a free, fair and transparent vote in the state’s regional assembly.
Raisedon Zenenga, UN secretary general’s deputy special representative for Somalia who met with the speaker of the Southwest state Assembly stressed the world body’s stance of impartiality in the elections which are very crucial for the stability of the Horn of Africa nation.
The state’s former president Sharif Hassan resigned on Nov. 7 and withdrew from the upcoming election, citing widespread interference in the poll.
Major contenders for the presidential election include former finance minister Mohamed Aden Fargeti and Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, a co-founder of the al-Shabab. Robow has since abandoned the terror group.