Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake, Mohamed Osman Jawari, the Speaker of the Federal Parliament and the leaders of the Federal Member State of Puntland, and the interim regional administrations of ISWA, Galmudag, Jubbaland, had launched the National Consultative Forum for the 2016 elections.
The National Consultative Forum is an integral part of the process will support Somalia to reach agreement on the 2016 electoral process. The National Consultation Forum, including members of the Federal Parliament, and supported by a task force and a technical support team hosted by the Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs, will draw on input based on a series of regional consultations and civic dialogues to decide on the form of the 2016 electoral process.
Speaking at the launch, the President said, “In July of this year, the government, including the interim regional administrations and the Federal Parliament, agreed to develop a comprehensive national consultative process to produce possible electoral process options for 2016. Today, we are very proud to launch the National Consultation Forum as the first step in this process.
“What we must make certain is that by August 2016 we have a workable electoral process in place through which the political transition will happen: peacefully, smoothly and legitimately. Today, we have just approved a plan that will ensure that Somalis will have a real say in their own future.
The Prime Minister confirmed that time is of the essence saying, “Today, we have pledged that by January 2016, we will have agreed and confirmed an electoral process that enhances the legitimacy of the incoming government. This means that the federal and regional governments, together with the Somali public must stand ready to embrace the process of national consultations and contribute to the electoral process that they think most appropriate for 2016”.
”I have charged the Council of Ministers and the broader government that they no time to waste. The international community will be our strong partners in this enterprise and I am confident they are stand-by mode and ready to assist both with technical expertise and the resources required to support this Constitutionally-mandated political transition,” said the Prime Minister.
Once the regional forums and civic dialogue sessions have been concluded, there will be a final consultation forum in Mogadishu held in late this year, attended from representatives from all the regions, and hosted by the National Consultation Forum. This final forum will be charged with recommending the 2016 electoral process.