In Summary
  • But the leaders voiced criticism against perceived interference in the election.
  • The new MPs of the local legislative assembly were sworn on Tuesday.

Former Somali presidents have thrown their weight behind the formal electoral agency in Jubbaland in what could be seen as endorsing the decisions of the incumbent leader Sheikh Ahmed Islam Madobe.

Presidents Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Sharif Sheikh Ahmed say the official Jubbaland Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (JIEBC) should be left to conduct the State presidential polls.

The move to endorse the JIEBC, created by Madobe, came just after it published a list of 73 MPs, out of the possible 75, who should be electing the Jubbaland President on August 21.

INTERFERENCE

But the leaders voiced criticism against perceived interference in the election, which had seen a parallel electoral agency created to run the same polls.

The new MPs of the local legislative assembly were sworn on Tuesday and will be electing their Speaker on Saturday, despite some 12 rival presidential aspirants also listing theirs.

Ahmed who was President of Somalia until 2012, through his party the National Vision Party, also known as Himilo Qaran congratulated the JIEBC, and said the federal government must ensure the election proceeds within the commission to ensure Jubbaland does not turn violent.

“The federal government must rise above political point-scoring and avoid any acts that might create instability,” he warned.

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