International community expresses deep concerns regarding Somalia electoral process

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Electoral officials count the votes during the electoral process to choose members of the lower house of the federal parliament in Baidoa, Somalia on November 16, 2016. UN Photo / Sabir Olad.

The international community has expressed grave concern over Somalia's electoral process, the first in more than four decades.

This follows a recent decision by national and regional leaders to expand the number of seats in the Upper House of parliament beyond 54, as stipulated under the provisional constitution.

Furthermore, the UN and its partners are also worried that the number of seats in parliament reserved exclusively for women candidates is below the agreed level of 30 per cent.

Dianne Penn has been speaking to Peter de Clercq, Deputy Special Representative at the UN mission in the country, UNSOM.

Duration: 6'09"

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