BAIDOA (Halbeeg News)- Somalia’s regional state of Southwest will hold its presidential election next week, the poll agency confirmed.
Southwest state on Saturday replaced the former poll body that resigned early this month over what they termed as blatant interference by the federal government with a new 15 member committee.
The state’s regional assembly overwhelmingly approved the newly appointed members.
Speaking to the media, Nur Ibrahim, a member of the committee said the state’s presidential election will take place late this month.
“Though we are yet to announce it officially, but the state plans to hold the election on 28th of November,” he said.
The official pointed out that the committee will hold a meeting on Sunday to elect the chairman of the poll body who will lead the team and faciltate the smooth running of the upcoming election.
“We will meet on Sunday to deliberate means to accelerate the process. The first task of the committee is to elect a chairman, his deputy, and a secretary then, we will proceed to organise the election,” Mr. Nur told said while briefing the media.
The state’s former president Sharif Hassan resigned on Nov. 7 and withdrew from the race of the upcoming election, citing widespread interference in the poll.
Major contenders of the presidential election include former finance minister Mohamed Aden Fargeti and Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, a co-founder of the Al-Shabab. Robow has abandoned the terror group.