UN: UN Security Council unhappy with postponed elections in Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday expressed regret over a postponed timeline for this year’s parliamentary and presidential elections in Somalia, calling on all stakeholders to follow the revised 2016 electoral calendar "without further delay".

The Security Council however welcomed the continued political and security progress in Somalia since 2012, stressing the need to maintain the momentum towards democratic governance, with an inclusive, transparent and credible electoral process in 2016 as a stepping stone to universal suffrage elections in 2020.

In a statement, the Council noted the consensus decision of the National Leadership Forum (NLF) to extend the timeline for the parliamentary electoral process until 25 October, and the timeline for the presidential electoral process until 30 October, to allow for the implementation of technical modalities for an inclusive process.

It also noted the NLF’s consensual decision to extend the current mandates of the federal institutions to respect this revised timeline.

It stated that the electoral process is "an historic opportunity" to deliver more representative governance to the people of Somalia and to reflect Somalia’s diversity.

The Council also welcomed the NLF decision on representation of minority clans and the Banadiri community, urging the all parties to take necessary steps to implement the provisions in the NLF communiqué of 9 August 2016, including the government’s commitment to reserve 30 per cent of upper and lower house seats for women.

It further urged the Somali government to ensure transparent and credible electoral process in a climate of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedoms of expression and association, and commended the establishment of an electoral dispute resolution mechanism.

PANA recalled that Somalia's Federal Indirect Elections Implementation Team had recently announced a timetable for the election of a new Federal Parliament between 24 September and 10 October and President by 30 October, which was endorsed by Somalia's National Leadership Forum.
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19 august 2016 18:47:51

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