Somalia’s international partners have withheld funds and insisted that the general election must be held before the end of the year.
Details were revealed on Thursday that the Trioka from the US, Norway and the United Kingdom, the Principal financier of the election program, wrote a letter to Somalia’s Prime Minister Hussein Roble, the five presidents of the federal member states, the chairpersons of the federal electoral implementation team and the respective state electoral implementation teams (SEITs) urging all sides to adhere to the latest election schedule.
“We sincerely hope that the significantly delayed elections with your collective leadership will be completed by December 24th,” read the letter referring to a November 11th National Consultative Meeting on the establishment of the Lower House of Parliament Vote.
A minimum of US $ 27.2 million is required for the election, including I of the costs of the presidential elections scheduled afterwards. However, the organizers have demanded an additional 3.7 million US dollars for the costs of the election leadership bodies.
However, the Troika says in its letter: “We note that sufficient funds are already available, including from international partners to complete a significant portion of the parliamentary elections. With regard to your request for additional funding, the governments of Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States can confirm that they are jointly able to provide the additional $ 3.7 million requested, ”it states.
Funding will be in. disbursed two tranches, each of which is conditional on steps to carry out the elections. The first allocation of funds is tied to the condition that the elections “proceed sensibly and credibly in at least three (of the five) states” and that all candidate fees of the House of Commons with expenses to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) must be transferred via the information system of Public Finance (FMIS).
“The second allocation will be released as soon as at least two-thirds of the seats in all polling stations have been allocated,” another indication of the hope that the voting fees for these constituencies will be reduced to the to transfer the same account. It was unclear whether tying funding to the election schedule will force organizers to stick to tight schedules. In Somalia, where indirect elections are held, the heads of state and government of the states have shown in the Senate polls that they can influence both the election dates and the selection of candidates.
International partners are exerting pressure looked to Somali leaders to finalize the severely delayed elections and warned that the country must focus on priorities.
“It is vital that Somali leaders meet the national Complete the electoral process as soon as possible and focus again on fighting Al-Shabaab and creating greater stability in the region and the country, “said Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State during a visit to Nairobi on Wednesday.
In an address to the UN Security Council on Wednesday, James Swan, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Somalia, warned that elections would be delayed due to upcoming programs n could harm Somalia.