Jubbaland polls body announces requirements for presidential candidates

Somalia’s Jubbaland state electoral commission on Thursday morning officially announced the requirements and qualifications for the candidates running for the state presidency next month.

The chairman of the Jubbaland electoral commission , Hamze Abdi Barre, issued a statement advising all presidential candidates to submit their documents at the office of electoral commission in Kismayo, starting from 18th July to 20th of July.

In the statement, the electoral commission said that all the candidates must meet all the following requirements:

1- Should be a Somali citizen who hails from Jubbaland
2- Should be mentally fit
3- Should not be married to a foreign wife
4- Must have a university degree or at least 10 years experience
5- Should not have a past criminal record

No presidential candidate has commented yet on the statement by the Jubbaland electoral commission. However, it is believed that some of the requirements would pose a challenge for some candidates vying for the state presidency.