In Summary
  • Kenya has criticised the United Nations for making “insensitive” demands on Somalia’s Jubbaland electoral agency which is due to preside over a presidential poll on Thursday.
  • JIEBC chairman Hamza Barre has rejected calls to extend the reopened window for candidate registration, insisting that the election would go on as planned.
  • Kenya accuses Unsom boss James Swan of making selective demands on JIEBC “while not doing the same to its critics”.

Some 27 federal MPs and several former and sitting state presidents throw their weight behind the electoral office.

Kenya has criticised the United Nations for making “insensitive” demands on Somalia’s Jubbaland electoral agency which is due to preside over a presidential poll on Thursday.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma said the “unattainable” demands the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (Unsom) is making on the Jubbaland Electoral and Boundaries Commission (JIEBC) must be withdrawn because they risk splitting the state.

The Somali state shares a boundary with Kenya.

The Thursday election has been punctuated with calls for more time for candidates to register.

In a letter to UN Under-Secretary for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, Juma said the commission has already made too many concessions.

“The election in Jubbaland cannot be expected to be perfect. However, the JIEBC has, in the face of daunting challenges, done its best to ensure that the vote is as fair, inclusive, transparent, credible and humanly as possible,” the Cabinet Secretary wrote on Sunday.

“Kenya is concerned that the UN holds a position that is insensitive to the circumstances within which the Jubbaland elections are being conducted.”

REGISTRATION

She accused Unsom boss James Swan of making selective demands on JIEBC “while not doing the same to its critics”.

Ahead of the federal state presidential poll, Swan fronted calls for more days for candidates to be registered.

Last week, the commission agreed to add 72 more hours for presidential hopefuls to do so.

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