From SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – INTERNATIONAL partners have raised alarm at incidents of corruption, vote-buying as well as harassment and intimidation of candidates in Somalia’s general election.
Traditional leaders, electoral college delegates and civilians also alleged violations against them during the exercise.
A widespread manipulation of delegate and candidate lists, and the use of security forces and other government resources to favor candidates, including incumbent President Hassan Sheik Mohamud, over other candidates has also been reported.
African Union, United Nations, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States are some of the countries and blocs that have called upon the members of the National Leadership Forum to use their authority and influence to halt abusive and unfair electoral practices.
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating, said, “It is essential that credible reports of violations of the rules and regulations governing this process are investigated and appropriate action taken to preserve the legitimacy of the process.
Voting has been held for 43 of the 54 seats in the Upper House of parliament. Elections have also been conducted for 112 of the 275 seats in the House of the People.
– CAJ NEWS