Somalia: Jubaland to relocate controversial parliamentary elections to Elwak town

Ahmed Madobe

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Authorities in the town of Elwak on Somalia’s border with Kenya have begun constructing a voting site for 16 controversial parliament seats, whose elections have been due to take place in Garbaharey and authorities intend to relocate them after an agreement with Kenyan government, Caasimada Online news website reported on Wednesday.

Elwak is under the control of Jubaland regional forces and Kenyan troops who will safeguard security of the election site from possible attempts to disrupt upcoming polls.

Jubaland leader, who is on a visit to Nairobi agreed with Kenyan authorities to hold the controversial votes in Elwak while Kenya promised it would shoulder responsibility for security of the new election location. Ahmed Madobe also held talks with international partners, informing that elections cannot be held in Garbaharey despite clauses in September 17 2020 agreement stipulating the conduct of the polls in the restive town. read more

Allies of the incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo could be blocked from the contest if Jubaland authorities achieved their plans in filling the remaining seats in Elwak.

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