UN lauds deal reached in Somalia to expedite electoral process

man putting ballot in a box during elections in front of national flag of somalia

The United Nations on Monday welcomed a consensus reached Sunday by the country’s political leaders to expedite the electoral process after many months of delay.

The UN told the political leaders that the priority now is to implement the 18-point decisions, which were reached on Sunday following six days of national consultative talks to achieve a credible and widely-accepted result by the new deadline of February 25.

“The UN encourages Somalia’s political leaders to continue in a spirit of cooperation, avoid provocations that risk new tensions or conflict, and stay focused on delivering a credible electoral process quickly for the benefit of all Somalis,” the world body said in a statement issued in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The statement comes after Prime Minister Mohamed Roble and six regional leaders agreed to complete parliamentary elections by February 25 and on ways of enhancing security at the presidential palace.

The leaders also struck a deal on the selection committee appointments, delegate selection, candidate registration, the reservation of seats for women candidates to comply with the agreed 30 percent quota, and the management of candidate fees.

The 54-member Senate and the 275 members of parliament from the Lower House are now expected to jointly elect a new president later in 2022.