Somalia’s Senate calls for urgent meeting of political stakeholders to discuss 2020 polls

The speaker of Somalia’s Upper House of Parliament, Abdi Hashi, has issued a press statement after a meeting of the Standing committee of the House.

The press statement from the Standing Committee stressed that the Upper House has a constitutional role of bringing together the leaders of the federal government and those of the regional states in order to discuss and agree on the political transition process.

The Standing Committee of Somalia’s Upper House of Parliament said in its statement that the conduct of the upcoming elections requires urgent consultation between the leaders of the federal government, regional states and political stakeholders before 25th June.

The statement comes days after President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said in an address to the two Houses of Parliament that his government was ready for a one person one vote election without giving any details of how the polls would be conducted with the many challenges facing the country.

it also comes just a day after the opposition Wadajir Party called for a national conference bringing together political stakeholders in the country to discuss the 2020/21 election.

In a statement posted on its official Facebook page on 8 June, the party, led by prominent opposition leader Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, rejected the president’s speech in which he promised his government will conduct a one-man one-vote election on time.