Galmudug lines up its representatives in SFG-FMS joint technical committee

Somalia’s central regional state, Galmudug has appointed its representatives in a joint technical committee tasked to work on the suitable electoral modality ahead of mandate expiry of the current federal government.

In a statement, Galmudug leader, Ahmed Abdi Kariye on Friday appointed two members to represent Galmudug in the committee.

The leader has selected the state’s Interior minister, Abdi Mohamed Jama and former Galmudug presidential candidate, Kamal Dahir Gutale.

Last Thursday, Somali cabinet has approved the technical committee which will composed of two members from each Federal Member States and the Federal Government.

Somali information minister, Mohamed Abdi Hayir said the technical committee will be to discuss and advise on the upcoming 2020/2021 elections.

The move comes after the leaders of the federal and state governments of Somalia agreed to form joint technical committee since federal Member State leaders had ruled out the possibility of one-man-one-vote elections to be held on time.

The leaders called for an alternative, inclusive model to be implemented before the government’s mandate expires.

The National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) chairperson Halima Yarey told parliament in late June that the commission needed up to 13 months to prepare a credible poll where Somalis will cast their vote individually.

The term of the current parliament ends December 27th, while the president’s mandate expires on February 8, 2021.

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