National Independent Electoral Commission on an assignment in Baidoa, South West State
The National Independent Electoral Commission travelled to Baidoa, The Interim Capital of South West State of Somalia. The NIEC delegation was there for work purposes,
A delegation led by the National Independent Electoral Commission chair Ms. Halima Ismail Ibrahim. First met with a number of ministers from the South west state of Somalia including the minister for planning, the assistant minister for internal affairs, minister for constitutional affairs and the state house minister.
The Agenda of the meeting was to discuss ways in which the South west state of Somalia and the National Independent Electoral Commission can foster relationships and work towards readiness and planning for the 2020 elections.
Also the NIEC delegation submitted to the council of ministers a report detailing the work they’ve done in the two years the commission has been in existence and a five-year strategic plan which lays the roadmap for the five-year plan till the elections (2017-2021).
The council of ministers welcomed and applauded the NIEC delegation for the job they’ve done in the short period of time and they’ve indicated their readiness to work with the commission.
Also the council of ministers requested the commission to work towards the election in the south west state districts which will be held soon which forms the basis or rather the start of democratization.
The commission welcomed the plan laid down for the formation of federal state of south west which was formed by the people and they asserted to the council of ministers as such being a mile stone towards universal suffrage by 2020.
The commission also indicated their readiness to conduct the district elections in the south west state.
The NIEC delegation also met personally with the South west state president His Excellency Hon. Sharif Hasan Sheikh Adan. They discussed with him the latest work that the commission has done e.g the development of the five-year strategic plan which lays the road map for the 2020 elections, development of the lexicon, their meeting with the Federal parliament and the opening of the Registrar of Political Parties.
The NIEC delegation also forwarded to the president the challenges they’ve incurred which seems to derail their work including budget appropriation, the many legal frameworks yet to be enacted which are important for the conduct of elections and adoption of a new constitution.
The South West State President His Excellency Hon. Sharif Sheikh Adan thanked the commission delegation who were on a work visit to the south west capital of Baidoa. He also thanked them for the good job they’ve managed to do in the short stint they’ve worked and their effort and hard work for the nation as a whole
The president also asserted his Government commitment to work with the National Independent Electoral Commission so as to smoothen the tough work that lies ahead for the commission. He also pointed to the fact that so that to ensure elections are conducted in 2020, it’s important to start planning now so that to avoid any hullabaloo when the electioneering period draws closer. He also asserted the putting in practice the lessons learnt in the 2016 elections.
He also pointed to the fact that they’ll be speaking face to face with the Federal president on election matters in the coming months.
A letter from the office of the south west president asserted the hard work and the effort by the south west government towards its democratization.