The United Nations, the African Union, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, the European Union, the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Italy welcomed the Mogadishu Declaration issued yesterday at the end of the second plenary of the National Consultative Forum on next year’s electoral process in Somalia.
The Mogadishu Declaration establishes seven key principles and actions that must be upheld and completed by the time a ceremony is held in the port city of Kismaayo on 10 January 2016, which will unveil the precise details of a final electoral model and the plan for implementing that model.
“Over the past two months, we have seen a very significant process and a major leap for Somalia towards participatory politics and full democracy. Thousands of Somalis had a say on the electoral process for 2016. That this process has been conducted and successfully concluded is a major achievement,” said SRSG Kay.
“Somalis and their leaders have across the whole country agreed key principles that I warmly welcome: the firm commitment that there should be a political transition at the end of the constitutional term limits of the legislature and executive, an electoral process that will bring voting closer to the people – with electoral colleges in each of the existing and emerging Federal member states – and which will allow a far greater number of people than in recent decades a say on the choice of their representatives. There will also be an actual electoral choice, and women and youth shall be far better represented than has been the case so far, both among the electors and among the people’s representatives.”