Somali PM pledges completion of elections on time
Somalia Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has on Thursday chaired weekly Cabinet meeting in his office centering on the recently concluded National Consultative Council meeting outcome in Moqadishu which set the 25 February as the deadline for the completion of the ongoing Lower House elections.
Prime Minister Mohamed Roble said his administration is determined to conclude the ongoing parliamentary elections within the timeline and procedures agreed by the regional State presidents in the recent meeting in Mogadishu.
“As you are aware we have recently concluded six days poll talks in Mogadishu in which after so many obstacles we finally striked an agreement as an Assembly to accelerate the ongoing House of people elections by February 25 and I urge you as cabinet members to work towards ensuring the conclusion of the elections on time and implementation of the National Consultative Council meeting outcome.” said PM Roble.
PM Roble called on the Somali government security agencies and the Army to discharge their mandates and duties in line with their oath of office and the Constitution and desist from being used in the current ongoing political process and instead direct their synergy to fighting and combating with the Al- Shabaab militant group which he said are the first enemy of our country.
The Prime Minister also thanked the regional State leaders, Union of Presidential Candidates and Foreign diplomats and ambassadors for the significant role they played in the achievement of a consensus on most of the contentious issues in the elections during the six days NCC meeting.
“I would like to thank the Somali regional presidents, Council of presidential candidates, UN and foreign diplomats and ambassadors for contributing to the succes of the electoral talks in Moqadishu” said Roble.
National Consultative Council meeting which was steered by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and attended by regional leaders and Banadir governor Omar Filish had agreed on Sunday to conclude the Lower House elections by February 25.
The decision of the Assembly was also welcomed by Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on Monday who had previously been accused of stonewalling efforts to the completion of the ongoing elections on time and in what was seen as a reconciliatory tone president Farmajo called on the NCC members to implement the decisions so as to expedite the elections which has missed its third time completion deadline.
South West State has already jump-started the elections on Thursday by announcing five more seats in tandem with the decision adopted by the Assembly to conclude elections by February 25.
The following are the seats announced by SEIT;
2. # 085
3. # 156
4. # 176