SOMALIA / PRE-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

SOMALIA / PRE-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
13-Nov-2018 00:03:41
Ahead of the upcoming presidential election in Somalia’s South West State, a senior United Nations official today urged all stakeholders in the poll to act in accordance with established rules for the balloting in order to promote a free, fair and transparent vote in the state’s regional assembly. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / PRE-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
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DATELINE: 13 NOVEMBER 2018, BAIDOA, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, Raisedon Zenenga, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative (DSRSG) for Somalia disembarking from the aircraft upon arrival in Baidoa
2. Med shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga at the airport in Baidoa
3. Wide shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga at the airport in Baidoa
4. Wide shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga walking
5. Med shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga walking
6. Wide shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga shaking hands with Abdulkadir Sharif Shekhuna, acting President and Speaker of South West Regional Assembly
7. Med shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga in a meeting with Abdulkadir Sharif Shekhuna, acting President and Speaker of South West Regional Assembly
8. Close up, Abdulkadir Sharif Shekhuna, acting President and Speaker of South West Regional Assembly
9. Med shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga
10.Wide shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga in a meeting with Abdulkadir Sharif Shekhuna, acting President and Speaker of South West Regional Assembly shaking hands after the meeting
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Raisedon Zenenga, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia:
“We came (to South West State) to take stock of the new developments and to consult the acting President who is also the Speaker of Parliament, and all the other stakeholders including candidates, the elders and representatives of the federal government.”
12. Med shot, candidates contesting for president arriving to meet with DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga
13. Wide shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga shaking hands presidential candidates
14. Close up, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga shakes hands with the only female candidate
15. Med shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga in a meeting with the candidates
16. Close up, presidential candidates at the meeting
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Raisedon Zenenga, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia:
“A number of issues have emerged over the past three weeks and they need to be addressed, and our message with respect to that is that they should be addressed through dialogue, through consultations and by consensus. These are issues pertaining to the venue, these are issues pertaining to the date, these are issues pertaining to the reconstitution of the electoral committee, and we are glad that the acting President, the interim president, who is also the Speaker, is consulting on how to resolve these issues.”
18. Close up, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga
19. Med shot, presidential candidates at the meeting
20. Wide shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga with presidential candidates at the meeting
21. Wide shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga poses for a group photograph with some of the presidential candidates
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Raisedon Zenenga, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia:
“Our message was that the electoral process is very important, it is a precedent and standard setting electoral process because it is the first in a series of federal member state elections, which are taking place at the expiration of the mandates of the various federal member state administrations, the executive, that is the President in particular. So this being the first is very important. It is a model, it should be peaceful, it should go in accordance with the constitution of South West State and also the constitution of the Federal Government.”
23. Med shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga meeting with the presidential candidates
24. Close up, Mukhtar Robow, one of the candidates
25. Med shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga talking a candidate
26. Wide shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga in a meeting with the presidential candidates
27. Med shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga speaking at the meeting
28. SOUNDBITE (English) Raisedon Zenenga, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia:
“We also made it clear that this is a Somali-owned and a Somali-led process. Our role is to support a credible, transparent process and to ensure that the integrity of this particular process is preserved.”
29. Med shot, presidential candidates attending the meeting
30. SOUNDBITE: (English) Raisedon Zenenga, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia:
“We have a stake in the election in the sense that we want to see a credible one. We don’t have a candidate, we do not support any particular candidate, we are there to support the process to make it more transparent and make it more credible so that the result is not contentious and is accepted widely.”
31. Wide shot, DSRSG Raisedon Zenenga poses for a group photograph with some of the presidential candidates

STORYLINE:

Ahead of the upcoming presidential election in Somalia’s South West State, a senior United Nations official today urged all stakeholders in the poll to act in accordance with established rules for the balloting in order to promote a free, fair and transparent vote in the state’s regional assembly.

SOUNDBITE (English) Raisedon Zenenga, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia:
“We came (to South West State) to take stock of the new developments and to consult the acting President who is also the Speaker of Parliament, and all the other stakeholders including candidates, the elders and representatives of the federal government.”

While in Baidoa, the UN official met with senior federal and state government officials, as well as a dozen presidential candidates.

SOUNDBITE (English) Raisedon Zenenga, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia:
“A number of issues have emerged over the past three weeks and they need to be addressed, and our message with respect to that is that they should be addressed through dialogue, through consultations and by consensus. These are issues pertaining to the venue, these are issues pertaining to the date, these are issues pertaining to the reconstitution of the electoral committee, and we are glad that the acting President, the interim president, who is also the Speaker, is consulting on how to resolve these issues.”

Zenenga began his visit by meeting Abdulkadir Sharif Shekhuna, the Speaker of the South West State regional assembly who was named interim president following the resignation of Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden last week. He emphasized the world body’s stance of impartiality in his discussions with
Shekhuna, who will oversee the voting in the state legislature, and other key officials and stakeholders. Members of Zenenga’s delegation also met with six clan elders from the Federal Member State.

The balloting is scheduled to take place in the state’s 149-seat regional assembly on Saturday, 17 November, but the resignation of most of the members of the election’s organizing committee earlier this month has cast doubt on the timing of the vote.

SOUNDBITE (English) Raisedon Zenenga, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia:
“Our message was that the electoral process is very important, it is a precedent and standard setting electoral process because it is the first in a series of federal member state elections, which are taking place at the expiration of the mandates of the various federal member state administrations, the executive, that is the President in particular. So this being the first is very important. It is a model, it should be peaceful, it should go in accordance with the constitution of South West State and also the constitution of the Federal Government.”

The state’s former president Sharif Hassan resigned on 7 November and withdrew from the upcoming election, citing widespread interference in the poll.

The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has previously called on all parties and stakeholders in the federal member state’s presidential contest to work together and avoid any actions that could spawn conflict or undermine the integrity of the electoral process.

SOUNDBITE (English) Raisedon Zenenga, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia:
“We also made it clear that this is a Somali-owned and a Somali-led process. Our role is to support a credible, transparent process and to ensure that the integrity of this particular process is preserved.”

UNSOM also recently accepted an invitation from the South West State government to assign election observers who will monitor the voting for possible irregularities.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Raisedon Zenenga, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia:
“We have a stake in the election in the sense that we want to see a credible one. We don’t have a candidate, we do not support any particular candidate, we are there to support the process to make it more transparent and make it more credible so that the result is not contentious and is accepted widely.”

During his meetings, Zenenga offered the resources of the UN to conduct capacity-building workshops for members of the election organizing committee, with a focus on their duties and responsibilities.
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