MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Following a three-day conference held in the capital Mogadishu, the Council of Presidential Candidates, a conglomerate of opposition parties said in a statement on Monday that it was concerned about “how elections have kicked off” in Somalia, days after votes held by several regional states sparked transparency fears.
Opposition leaders said they had met with the prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, members of the civil society and senior electoral board officials to discuss ways the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections could be free and fair.
The council called on other political stakeholders and the electoral board officials to prevent a repeat of the recent favoritism-marred Senate elections, during which only those picked by regional state presidents were chosen without rival candidates participating in the race.
“The council expresses concern about how the elections have kicked off,” The council of Presidential Candidates said.
“The council is committed to ensuring that a free and fair election is held in the country, which is conducted through all-agreeable process to save the country from fresh political crisis.”
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