UN: Security Council urges Somali parties to address political challenges

New York, US (PANA) - Regretting an extension to the 2016 electoral process in Somalia by the country’s electoral body, the UN Security Council has called on all parties in the country to upload their commitments on the elections and to come to an agreement on the remaining political challenges without further delay.

"The members of the Security Council underlined that holding a peaceful, transparent and inclusive electoral process in 2016 will mark a historic step forward for all Somalis, and will be fundamental for the country’s continued progress towards democracy and stability," a Security Council statement obtained by PANA in New York on Thursday said.

Council members called on all parties to adhere to the implementation plan put in place by the FIEIT (Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team), the body responsible for the oversight and overall planning of the electoral process and for ensuring its uniformity, and to demonstrate the political will to ensure the revised timetable will be met.

They noted Somali's progress since 2012 and underscored the importance of maintaining momentum towards democratic governance in Somalia, as well as underlined the need for governance arrangements to be agreed by the Somali authorities in order to avoid an institutional vacuum.

They also called on the relevant actors in Somalia to ensure that this period is not used for political gain. They underscored the importance of adhering to the national political road map between now and 2020, in particular attaining "one-person, one-vote elections" by 2020.

The Council further recalled the government’s commitment to reserve 30 per cent of seats in the Upper and Lower Houses for women and urged all parties to take the necessary steps to ensure its implementation.

Meanwhile, the Security Council members strongly condemned recent Al-Shabaab attacks and hailed the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Army for their efforts in reducing the threat posed by the terrorist organization.

The statement followed the briefing to the Council last week by the UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating, and the Special Representative of the African Union Chairperson on Somalia, Francisco Madeira on the situation in the country.
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