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Somalia: UN envoy calls for credible electoral process in Puntland

2013/12/26

The UN Secretary-General’s Appropriate Representative and chief of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Tuesday renewed his call for a timely and credible political process that should lead to a new Puntland parliament this year and regional presidential elections next month.


'As the election draws closer and political temperatures become additional heated, I call on all candidates and stakeholders, in particular the traditional titled elders, to work jointly and be prepared, at times, to strike difficult compromises,'  in New York quoted Mr. Kay as saying in a statement.

He stated: 'UNSOM has supported mediation and consultation efforts throughout the process and I remain hopeful that all candidates are committed to a peaceful and credible election.'

The UN envoy, who paid a visit to Puntland last month ahead of the elections, encouraged all stakeholders to fully cooperate with the Commander of the Puntland Darwish Force, Gen. Said Mohamed
Hersi Dheere, who is responsible for security for the elections.

He as well urged all candidates to campaign responsibly in support of a peaceful election.

He further stressed that all presidential candidates should be assured freedom of movement, association and security, and should enjoy equal access to media.

'I will continue to follow events closely and make each effort to assist Puntland to have a free, equitable, inclusive and peaceful process,' Mr. Kay added.

The semi-autonomous region of Puntland is in the midst of an electoral process that should lead to a new parliament this year and presidential elections on 8 January, 2014.

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