BAIDOA (Halbeeg News) – The Southwest state Assembly has approved the newly appointed electoral committee after state election was postponed before two days..
Early this month, the majority of the previous electoral committee resigned after they accused the federal government of interfering with the electoral process.
Mohamed Nur Mohamed, the deputy speaker of Southwest state has today appointed new 15 member committee who will preside over the elections.
134 of Southwest state Assembly have voted in favour of the committee with only two members of the assembly rejecting the committee.
The appointment of the committee comes two days after UN called on presidential candidates in the country’s South West State to promote a free, fair and transparent vote in the state’s regional assembly.
Raisedon Zenenga, UN secretary general’s deputy special representative for Somalia who met with the speaker of the Southwest state Assembly and acting president stressed the world body’s stance of impartiality in the elections which is very crucial for the stability of the Horn of Africa nation.
The state’s former president Sharif Hassan resigned on Nov. 7 and withdrew from the the race of the upcoming election, citing widespread interference in the poll.
Major contenders for the presidential election include former finance minister Mohamed Aden Fargeti and Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, a co-founder of the al-Shabab. Robow has since abandoned the terror group.