UN / SOMALIA

23-Nov-2020 00:02:21
As Somalia prepares for parliamentary and presidential elections the Special-Representative of the Secretary-General, James Swan, expressed concern about the humanitarian situation and told the Security Council that “the country has been hard hit by the triple shock of COVID-19, flooding and locust infestation.” UNIFEED
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

23 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM):
“The country has been hard hit by the triple shock of COVID-19, flooding and locust infestation. The national trends in COVID-19 cases are broadly favourable, but we must remain vigilant. I again commend Somali authorities for
their rapid response to COVID-19’s outbreak and thank Somali health workers who are on the frontlines to defeat the pandemic.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM):
“The agreed model of voting regrettably fell short of the constitutional requirement for direct universal suffrage election of parliament. Yet, the agreement reflected wide Somali political consensus and ownership. In addition to the support of the President and federal member state leaders, the indirect model was also endorsed by other key Somali stakeholders.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM):
“In support of these Somali-led efforts, UNSOM plans to contribute to implementation of the electoral agreement, within the scope of its mandate and in collaboration with UNDP, UNSOS and international partners. We will also continue efforts toward universal suffrage elections in the future. To this end, we urge Somali leaders to prepare consensually a roadmap with clear timelines and benchmarks to ensure one-person-one-vote elections take place in 2024-25.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamed Hussein Roble, Prime Minister, Somalia:
“The Federal Government of Somalia formed a technical team consisting of members from the Ministry of the Interior, National Independent Election Commission and presently from the Office of the Prime Minister to draft a road map for universal suffrage election of one-person-one-vote to take place in 2025. Let me take the opportunity to inform you that the technical committee has already drafted the road map and it will be presented to the cabinet for endorsement.”
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STORYLINE
As Somalia prepares for parliamentary and presidential elections the Special-Representative of the Secretary-General, James Swan, today (23 Nov) expressed concern about the humanitarian situation and told the Security Council that “the country has been hard hit by the triple shock of COVID-19, flooding and locust infestation.”

Swan said, “the national trends in COVID-19 cases are broadly favourable, but we must remain vigilant.” He welcomed the new five-year Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework between the Somali Federal Government and the UN.

As Somalia focuses on the electoral process, the UN official said the agreed model of voting “regrettably fell short” of the constitutional requirement for parliamentary elections based on the principle of universal suffrage.

Swan, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), acknowledged that it did reflect “wide Somali political consensus and ownership”.

Speaking via videoconference, he said, “in addition to the support of the President and federal member state leaders, the indirect model was also endorsed by other key Somali stakeholders,” including political parties and civil society, and was ratified by the Federal Parliament.

Swan said, UNSOM will “continue efforts toward universal suffrage elections in the future,” and urged Somali leaders “to prepare consensually a roadmap with clear timelines and benchmarks to ensure one-person-one-vote elections take place in 2024-25.”

In his briefing to the Council, Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble said, “the Federal Government of Somalia formed a technical team consisting of members from the Ministry of the Interior, National Independent Election Commission and presently from the Office of the Prime Minister to draft a road map for universal suffrage election of one-person-one-vote to take place in 2025.”

He said the technical committee “has already drafted the road map and it will be presented to the cabinet for endorsement.”
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