Several presidential election candidates in Somalia are concerned with the manipulation of ballot boxes and a postponement of poll.
An election by indirect universal suffrage laid down on November 30, candidates said the process is slow.
“The election of members of parliament has been postponed for 4 months, and the presidential election for three months, all these delays have been noticed and reported several times in the past. We fear now that the presidential election may not take place on November 30.” said Abril Ibrahim Abdulle, presidential candidate.
The election of members of parliament has been postponed for 4 months, and the presidential election for three months.
‘It is true, we have concerns about a postponement of the elections, or its being rigged. Obviously, if you are interested in these elections, they are manipulated by the Government and the representatives of the international communities.” Ajoute Said Isse Mohamud, an other candidate.
The country has witnessed a growing insecurity from terrorist group, shebab.
A candidate, Said Isse Mohamud is calling for a change of leadership.
“The Somalis believe in change OF governance through this elections. And for my part I hope that a new person, yet unknown in policy, will be elected,” he said.
Nearly 14, 000 delegates voted at the beginning of October to designate the 275 of them, including 30% of women, who will sit in the National Assembly.
The federated states, have designated the 54 senators of a new upper house. The Parliament must meet the November 30 to elect a President of the Republic