Somali PM pledges ‘free and fair’ elections, appeals for donor funding
Source: Sunday October 4, 2020
MOGADISHU (HOL) – Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Roble has pledged to lead the country towards a free and fair election and called for international donor support.
The new PM said in a video message Saturday he is committed to ensuring the upcoming elections are conducted in a free and fair manner.
“We are committed to ensuring the upcoming elections are free and fair,” PM Roble said adding international donor support was crucial to meeting the electoral timelines.
The PM’s remarks follow the announcement Thursday of the final agreements on the electoral process by the National Consultative Forum (NCF). The Forum is comprised of the President and all the regional government heads.
The new PM has about four months in office before the term of the current administration lapses. Preparing the country for elections and overseeing a transition will be the main agenda item during his reign.
According to the new electoral timelines, voting for MPs will run from November 10 to 27 while that of Senators will be held between December 1 and 10.
A new president is expected to be elected by February 8.