Six days of poll talks concludes in Moqadishu amid breakthrough
Somalia National Consultative Council meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and attended by regional states presidents and Banadir governor Omar Filish has come to a close this afternoon with leaders agreeing on almost all of the contending issues that have rocked the ongoing Lower House elections.
In a joint communique read by Somali government spokesperson Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu, the leaders consented to conclude ongoing Lower House Elections before February 25.
The NCC also agreed to deploy AMISOM to the most fortified presidential palace so as to quell tension in the area where rival forces supporting both president Farmajo and PM Roble continue to occupy rival positions in the rooftops of Villa Somalia.
The transparency and credibility of the elections were also acceded by the leaders in a bid to tone down increasing claims of riggings that had marred most of the seats that were held in Galmudug and southwest States.
It was also concurred that the list of elders and civil society organizations that will be selecting the delegates must be published before the elections and the delegates not be barred from accessing the polling stations unless subjected to a court of law.
The NCC meeting previously faced hurdles after talks reached a point of collapse following a proposal by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble to take over the responsibility of the National security from President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo which led to a division among the council with some regional leaders- Abdiaziz Lafta-Garen of South West, his Galmudug counterpart Ahmed Qoorqoor and Hirshabelle Ali Gudlawe and Banadir governor Omar Filish threatened to walk out of the meeting if the National security agenda dominated the Assembly arguing that the take over of National security is out of the domain of the council.