Somalia Seeks Support to Feed Millions hit by Severe Drought
The opposition voiced opposition against the appointment, call for transparency, and inclusivity.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has appointed the long-awaited election committees to coordinate the activities of the forthcoming 2021 elections.
In a decree from PM's office dated June 19, the members were appointed to be part of the Federal Indirect Election Team [FIET], State Indirect Election Team [SEIT], Electoral Disputes Resolution Mechanism.
FEIT is made up of 25 members, SEIT consists of 50 members, and the dispute resolution body comprises 15 members, each Federal State has 3 representatives.
The opposition presidential candidates say there are dozens of members of the intelligence agency, civil servants, and Farmajo cronies on the list and called on the Prime Minister to line up neutral poll bodies.
The appointment evoked has immediately sharp reactions and distrust over the credibility of the teams who are tasked with shaping the country's future and lead to a free and fair vote.
The opposition has already submitted 67 disputed members to the prime minister demanding their removal from the commissions but so far Roble has achieved the replace 34 of them while the remaining 33 re-appeared on the new list.
UN agencies estimate over 755,000 people have been internally displaced in Somalia due to the severe drought which is attributed to a failure of the rains for four years and climate change.