The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has affirmed its commitment to ensuring that Somalia holds peaceful parliamentary and presidential elections in 2020/2021.
During meeting with poll agency, representatives from political parties and civil society members, AMISOM Police Commissioner, Augustine Magnus Kailie reiterated that the mission is ready to secure the upcoming one-person-one vote elections so that the process is free and fair.
“Somalia has turned a corner through political processes, including electoral reforms and as such is now preparing itself to hold multi-party, democratic, universal suffrage elections in 2020 and 2021,” she said “Somalia’s leadership has demonstrated commitment to move away from the old 4.5 clan based power sharing formula and conduct one-person-one vote elections.”
The public awareness forum brought together key stakeholders as well as members of the public to brainstorm about how best Somalia could hold universal elections, as one way of giving ownership of the electoral process to the public in order to increase their confidence in the process.
Hussein Abdi Adan, a commissioner with NIEC, which is the body mandated to manage elections in Somalia, recognized AMISOM’s role in providing security and said AMISOM’s presence was an important factor in managing the national elections.
“An electoral security task force was put up which includes the Somalia police, security forces at federal and national level as well as AMISOM forces. We are hopeful that AMISOM will actively take part in securing the election, from safeguarding the candidates, polling centers and securing electoral material,” Hussein said.
Civil Society representative Fatuma Mohamed Ahmed said that the coming together of the various stakeholders and the nature of the discussions had given her hope that holding peaceful elections was possible in Somalia.
“We really want to see our country develop and would hope to see one-person-one-vote elections taking place. The people who attended this forum discussed how the election will take place, how electoral security is to be managed and how the country is going to be led after that. Am really happy to be part of these discussions,” Fatuma said.