In Summary
  • The initial registration window had ended on July 26.
  • Formally, JIEBC had listed six other candidates to compete with Madobe.

Somalia’s Jubbaland electoral agency on Sunday rejected pleas from the international community to extend the reopened window for candidate registration beyond Monday.

The Jubbaland Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said it had consulted everyone involved in the polls before deciding the three-day window was sufficient for anyone to enter the race.

PRESIDENTIAL POLLS

“There are no additional steps required to improve the process as all necessary steps wee taken…the Commission believes all constitutional and legal requirements were taken on the conduct of electoral process in line with constitution and electoral laws,” Dr Hamza Barre, the Chairperson said on Sunday, in a letter addressed to the UN representative in Somalia James Swan.

“We decided the process of electing president to continue as planned.”

The move means the federal state polls will go on Thursday August 22, three days after the reopened window for registration shuts on Monday.

But the journey to the polls have seen confusion mar its preparation. Mr James Swan, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General to Somalia had, on behalf of the UN, African Union, IGAD, Italy, Kenya, Denmark, US and UK pleaded for more days for candidates to register for the polls, arguing participation was key in ensuring divisions do not cause violence.

Other countries also joined the calls including Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, the European Union and France.

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