Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni has said that Somalia cannot afford to waste time on trivialities as the national elections approach.
“Time is of the essence so Puntland is calling on the Federal Government of Somalia, Federal Member States, and all stakeholders to work together for the common good and ensure that the elections take place on time without a delay,” said President Deni, who speaking at the fourth meeting of a consultative forum discussing the elections and the political transition in Somalia, which took place on 21 May.
The forum was also attended by former Puntland presidents Abdirahman Farole and Abdiwali Gas, members from both Houses of the Federal Parliament, members from the Puntland Parliament, intellectuals and others.
Former Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gas, who also spoke at the forum, said the country was not prepared to hold a one-man, one-vote election for two several reasons, including the fact that there has been agreement between the federal government and regional states, as well as the absence of essential requisites for the holding of such an election.
Despite protests by regional states, opposition parties and experts that Somalia was not ready to hold one-man, one-vote election, the federal government has insisted that the election will take place and has been reluctant to engage stakeholders in exploring alternative electoral models.
This forum was jointly organized by the Puntland Development and Research Center and Puntland’s Minister of interior and federalization.