GOOBJOOG NEWS|MOGADISHU: Prime Minister Mohamed Roble has convened another round of talks with Federal Member State leaders to evaluate the May 27 Agreement and finalise remaining issues ahead of the August poll.
The Office of the Prime Minister announced in a tweet the PM had invited the FMS leaders for a meeting this Saturday in Mogadishu ‘to discuss the electoral process since the May 27th agreement and the acceleration of the remaining tasks.
The Mogadishu II Agreement which was entered into on May 27 set out a two months timeframe to hold the parliamentary and presidential elections meaning Somalis will go to the polls in August.
Several issues remain unaddressed notably the election timetable, the settlement of the delegates question and the polling centres. Though the Agreement provides for the elections to be held in two towns in each FMS, Goobjoog News has learnt there is a strong push for it to be held in only one town. Proponents cite security and logistical considerations.
The number of delegates is also another pending issue which had generated divergent viewpoints. The Agreement sets the number of delegates who will elect an MP at 101 but some stakeholders want it to be reduced to 51 just like in 2016.
Meanwhile, the federal and state level electoral committees will also be starting training on how they will conduct the parliamentary elections. PM Roble unveiled the final list of the individuals who will serve at the electoral committees on Saturday.