December 6, 2021

Prime Minister Roble orders Puntland, Jubbaland and HirShabelle to begin Parliamentary Elections

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OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

The Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia has congratulated the Federal Electoral Commissions, the Electoral Commissions of Somaliland, Galmudug and South West for officially launching the elections of the House of the People of the Federal Parliament of Somalia.

The Prime Minister instructs the Puntland, Jubaland and HirShabelle Electoral Management Commissions to immediately begin holding Parliamentary elections so that the elections can be completed by the end of the 2021 deadline.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister instructs the electoral commissions to maintain their independence and abide by the rules and procedures set out in the agreements of September 17 and October 1, 2020, May 27 and August 24, 2021.

Electoral transparency is essential for the election to take place peacefully and for the transition period to be smooth. The Somali people are looking forward to the transparency of the elections as the basis for stability in the country, so the Prime Minister is urging the electoral commissions to take more responsibility and caution.

Finally, the Prime Minister calls on the Heads of State and Government of the Federal Member States to facilitate the electoral commissions and to encourage the commissions to conduct their elections independently and efficiently.

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