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Roble adds new voices to Somalia polls talks

08 January 2022, The EastAfrican
Roble adds new voices to Somalia polls talks

New Somali political voices are now involved in consensus building to break the election delays, with Prime Minister Hussein Roble seeking input from activists and women groups to steady an electoral calendar that is already overdue.

This week, civil society and representatives of women’s groups were invited to be part of the Somalia National Consultative Council (NCC) in Mogadishu.

The activists are the second group to be admitted into the NCC meeting. Other members are the five presidents of the federal states of Puntland, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, South West and Jubbaland, and the mayor of Mogadishu.

Prime Minister Roble had earlier met with members of the opposition groups under the caucus of the Council of Presidential Candidates (CPC). The group has been critical of Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo’s alleged interference in the electoral programme, including the controversial suspension of Prime Minister Roble on December 27; the prime minister defied it. President Farmaajo had accused PM Roble of failing to conduct the polls on time, after federal states delayed holding Lower House elections.

But PM Roble says the problem is systemic, and that he is collecting views to ensure the calendar is not disrupted again.

The civil society members have asked for the process to be sped up, credibility to be improved, and correction of what has gone wrong so far.
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