AU, UN call for peaceful, credible polls in Somali

The African Union and UN, on Friday, urged Somalians to be peaceful and carry out credible elections, saying the polls slated for Aug. 24 are critical for the country’s stability.
Senior representatives from African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the UN reiterated the need for a single, agreed electoral process.
This was according to the Jubaland Constitution and consistent with the federal Provisional Constitution.
The envoys in a joint statement, urged all parties to refrain from any acts of violence or intimidation, after visiting the port town of Kismayo, the interim capital of Jubaland administration.
The delegation travelled to Kismayo to engage with stakeholders on Jubaland’s ongoing electoral process, which is expected to culminate in the election by the State Assembly of the State President.
According to the schedule, after the conclusion of the selection process of the lawmakers, the State Assembly will cast votes for the state president.
The incumbent president, Ahmed Madobe, is seeking to retain his seat but faces stiff competition from six other candidates, some of whom are backed by the national government. 

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