Somalia: National Consultative Forum agrees Somalia not ready for electoral process

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Participants of the first plenary session of Somalia's National Consultative Forum on the electoral process in 2016 have agreed that the current circumstances do not yet allow for one-person one-vote elections.

The National Consultative Forum, held 19-20 October 2015 in Mogadishu, reiterated its intention to reconvene in the middle of December to review the conclusions of the public consultations and to take a collective and consensual decision on the most appropriate electoral process for 2016.

According to a communiqué released at the end of the Forum, the participants agreed that further consultations would take place with a wider cross-section of Somali society, such as youth, women, traditional elders, religious leaders, business people, intellectuals and minority groups in the communities of each of the existing and emerging federal member states and with the participation of communities from Somaliland.  

"There will also be appropriate consultation with Somalis in the diaspora.  This will ensure that the voices of the Somali people will be heard," said the communiqué received by PANA on Wednesday.

Urging all Somalis and stakeholders to seize the momentum and actively engage in the consultations, the Forum participants stressed that there would be no tolerance for those who hindered or delayed the process of peace building and state building in Somalia.

The Consultative Forum also welcomed the "full support of international partners for the process" and thanked all those who contributed to the successful organisation of the meeting.

Among attendees of the meeting were President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Speaker of the Federal Parliament, Mohammed Osman Jawari, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmaarke, and Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed Omar Arte.

Others were President of Puntland, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali “Gaas”; President of Jubbaland, Ahmed Islaan (Madobe); President of the South-West Administration, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan; and the President of Galmudug, Abdikarin Guled.

The rest were Federal ministers, members of the Federal Parliament, representatives of the regional administrations, the Governor of Benadir, representatives of Hiraan and Middle Shabelle and of civil society, and representatives of international partners.

President Mohamud reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to ensure a transparent and inclusive consultative process leading to an electoral process in 2016, without any extension of the mandates of the Somali legislative and executive.
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21 october 2015 09:40:36

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