SOMALIA / PRESIDENTIAL POLL

31-Oct-2018 00:04:04
The new United Nations envoy to Somalia today continued his round of introductory meetings with state leaders with a visit to South West State, where he flagged the need for it hold “credible and acceptable” presidential elections next month and renewed his call for collaboration to solve ongoing tensions between the country’s federal and state authorities.UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / PRESIDENTIAL POLL
TRT: 4:04
SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI / ENGLISH

DATELINE: 31 OCTOBER 2018, BAIDOA, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, SRSG Nicholas Haysom and the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira walking away
2. Varisous shots, SRSG Nicholas Haysom and SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira, walking to greet AMISOM senior military officials
3. Wide shot, motorcade carrying SRSG Nicholas Haysom arriving at the Presidential Palace
4. Wide shot, SRSG Nicholas Haysom greeting South West State official upon arrival at the Presidential Palace
5. Med shot, SRSG Nicholas Haysom introducing SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira to South West State officials
6. Wide shot, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, President of South West State
7. Med shot, SRSG Nicholas Haysom shaking hands with Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, President of South West State
8. Wide shot, SRSG Nicholas Haysom, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, President of South West State and other officials in a meeting
9. Med shot, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, President of South West State listening
10. Wide shot, SRSG Nicholas Haysom and Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, President of South West State, flanked by other officials in a meeting
11. Close up shot, SRSG Nicholas Haysom speaking during the meeting
12. Med shot, SRSG Nicholas Haysom speaking during the meeting
13. Wide shot, SRSG Nicholas Haysom, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, President of South West State and SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira
14. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI) Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, President of South West State:
“The SRSG [Nicholas Haysom] is here for the first time, we congratulate to him for visiting us and we hope to succeed in resolving the issues affecting us. We discussed wide ranging issues among them security, politics and reconstruction and we did agree on the issues discussed. We appreciate the UN’s efforts in helping stabilise the country.”
15. SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) Nicholas Haysom, UN Secretary- General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“Basically, we’ve been telling them is what we’re facing is a quite serious political issue – the stand-off between the Federal Member States and the Federal Government may well paralyze our efforts to help Somalia get back on its feet; and we’re asking all of the relevant role-players to get together to find a solution and to make the necessary compromises so that they can work collaboratively rather than against each other.”
16. Wide shot, hall where meeting is taking place
17. Close up, Federal Republic of Somalia flag and South West State flag
18. Wide shot, SRSG Nicholas Haysom flanked by his deputy Raisedon Zenenga walking towards the office of the Speaker of South West State Parliament
19. Various shots, SRSG Nicholas Haysom flanked by other officials walking towards the office of the Speaker of South West State Parliament
20. Close up, Abdulkadir Sharif Sheikhuna, Speaker of the South West State Parliament speaking during the meeting
21. Wide shot, SRSG Nicholas Haysom flanked by SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira having a meeting with the Speaker of South West State Parliament, Abdulkadir Sharif Sheikhuna
22. Med shot, Federal Republic of Somalia flag and South West state flag
23. Med shot, Abdulkadir Sharif Sheikhuna, Speaker of South West State Parliament shaking hands with SRSG Nicholas Haysom and SRCC Ambassador Francisco Madeira
24. Wide shot, SRSG Nicholas Haysom walking to his car to go to the next meeting
25. Wide shot, motorcade arriving at the venue of the next meeting
26. Med shot, SRSG Nicholas Haysom getting out of the car
27. Med shot, welcome to Baidoa signage
28. Various shots, SRSG Nicholas Haysom meeting presidential candidates
29. SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) Nicholas Haysom, UN Secretary- General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“We think it’s very important that the elections be held in a credible and acceptable manner in accordance with the rules that they’ve established so that the result is accepted – if the result is not accepted and there is conflict as a result there’ll be a problem, not only for the region but for the country.”
30. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Special Representative of The Chairperson of The African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia:
“We also came here because we are passing through a bit of delicate period that are elections, that are going to take place in the coming few weeks, and not only that but also we know that there is a standoff between the government and the regional member states. This is the fourth encounter that we are having.”
31. Wide shot, SRSG Nicholas Haysom going to board the aircraft
STORYLINE
The new United Nations envoy to Somalia today continued his round of introductory meetings with state leaders with a visit to South West State, where he flagged the need for it hold “credible and acceptable” presidential elections next month and renewed his call for collaboration to solve ongoing tensions between the country’s federal and state authorities.

In his visit to South West State’s capital, Baidoa, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, was with his counterpart from the African Union (AU), the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Ambassador Francisco Madeira.

Soon after arriving, they two envoys met with South West State’s President Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden.

The ongoing tensions between the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the country’s Federal Member States was a major topic in their meeting.

“We’re exploring ways of bringing them together in the hope that Somalis can face down their problems together rather than going separately,” Haysom of their discussions.

He added “basically, we’ve been telling them is what we’re facing is a quite serious political issue – the stand-off between the Federal Member States and the Federal Government may well paralyze our efforts to help Somalia get back on its feet.”
He also said “we’re asking all of the relevant role-players to get together to find a solution and to make the necessary compromises so that they can work collaboratively rather than against each other.”

President Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden was recently selected as the chairperson of the Council of Inter-state Cooperation (CIC), which brings together the heads of Somalia’s Federal Member States. In a recently-issued communique, the CIC – with the exception of Hirshabelle – announced it would hold off cooperation with the FGS.

The UN and AU Special Representatives have, so far, had similar discussions with the presidents of Jubaland and HirShabelle.

Other topics discussed with President Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden included development, security and political matters – with the latter including the state’s presidential elections in November this year.

At a joint press conference after their meeting, alongside the president and AU envoy, Haysom said “let me say right from the outset: the international community does not have a candidate [and] is not backing any candidate in this race, but we do want to see – and I’ve asked the president to reassure me – that the elections will be conducted in a way which all parties will able to accept, and he has reassured me that this indeed will be the case.”

“We want this election to go smoothly, peacefully, and we, as AMISOM, are going to do our best, our utmost, to ensure that security is guaranteed, and we want the collaboration of everybody and every candidate that they do not indulge in situations that are likely to flare up violence and instability,” Amb. Madeira, who also heads the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeeping operation, told the media.

He added “we want a peaceful Somalia, and South West [State] is an important part of the entire process of stabilization of the country.”

The UN and AU officials also met with the Speaker of South West State’s Parliament, Abdulkadir Shariif Shekhuna, who briefed them on preparations for the presidential poll due on Saturday, 17 November.

In a subsequent press encounter with the Speaker and Amb. Madeira, Haysom said “you’ll appreciate the elections in the South West State will be the first of the many elections to follow and in that sense will be setting the standard. It’s also clear that the elections will be contested, hotly contested, and for that reason it’s important that the outcome should be accepted by those who participate.”

He noted “so we were reassured to hear from the speaker in regard to the detailed arrangements which will govern the election and we wish South West [State] all the best in holding those elections,” adding the importance of the polls being held in “a credible and acceptable manner in accordance with the rules that they’ve established so that the result is accepted.”

Haysom and Amb. Madeira echoed these comments in their later meeting with seven people standing as candidates in the presidential election.
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