Jubbaland state yesterday concluded the final phase of Lower House elections.
All the 43 seats allocated to it in lower chamber of the federal parliament have been filled.
Elections for the last seat was balloted yesterday and won by Ibrahim Mohamed Hussein from Darood – Bartire clan. The MP-elect who got 47 votes, promised to support programmes for women’s empowerment in his state.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Somalia Ms. Veronique Lorenzo and Jubbaland President Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’, witnessed the election for the sole seat.
“These elections in Jubbaland have taken place in secure circumstances thanks to the work of local security forces and AMISOM and the voting has been orderly,” SRSG Keating told journalists at the close of the elections.
“This is really representative of the community and this is what we want; we want this because we want reconciliation in Somalia. If we have all other leaders elected like the one we saw today, reconciliation will be possible,” SRCC Ambassador Madeira said, echoing Keating’s sentiments.
Earlier, President Madobe held a closed door meeting with Mr. Keating, Ambassador Madeira and their EU counterpart at the presidential villa, where discussions focused on humanitarian assistance to returnees and military operations to liberate the remaining Al Shabaab strongholds in the Lower and Middle Jubba regions.
“We discussed the next phase of the electoral process and military operations along the Jubba corridor,” President Madobe disclosed.
“We talked with the AMISOM Force Commander Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh and agreed on the timelines when they should begin the operations. Jubbaland forces and AMISOM are ready to start the operations.”
President Madobe’s pronouncement on the planned military operations, comes a day after a meeting of AMISOM senior military commanders in Mogadishu, where a counter terrorism strategy was discussed.
“The hard work on the security is still before us, both in terms of fighting Al-Shabaab, but also strengthening Somali national security forces so that Somalia can take full control over it is security,” SRSG Keating said.