SOMALIA / PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

16-May-2022 00:04:13
The United Nations in Somalia welcomed the conclusion of the country’s presidential election today. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
TRT: 4:13
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SOMALI / NATS
DATELINE: 16 MAY 2022, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, Empty ballot boxes on display as Members of the Federal Parliament of Somalia wait to vote during the presidential election.
2. Wide shot, voting booths.
3. Med shot. members of the Federal Parliament of Somalia cast their votes during the presidential election
4. Close up shot, outgoing President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo’ and former President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed
5. Med shot, members of the Federal Parliament of Somalia cast their votes during the presidential election
6. Med shot, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, alongside officials and representatives of Somalia’s international partners, observing the presidential election
7. Close up, member of the Federal Parliament of Somalia tallies the votes during the presidential election
8. Med shot, officials counting the votes during the presidential election
9. Close up, presidential candidates Said Abdullahi Deni and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
10. Wide shot, members of the Federal Parliament of Somalia and presidential candidates witness the vote-counting during the presidential election
11. Close up, officials counting the votes during the presidential election
12. Med shot, president-elect Hassan Sheikh Mohamud takes an Oath of Office immediately after winning the election
13. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“I would like to congratulate the newly-elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on his victory tonight, but also express our appreciation to the other candidates, and particularly outgoing President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo,’ for respecting the outcome and for continuing the Somali tradition of embracing whoever wins and supporting them going forward – the atmosphere tonight, I think, was very positive.”
14. Wide shot, Somalia’s presidential candidates occupy front row seats during the presidential election
15. Med shot, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, talks to the Prime Minister of Somalia, Mohamed Hussein Roble, on the sidelines of the presidential election
16. Med shot, members of the Federal Parliament of Somalia cast their votes during the presidential election
17. Close up, the Outgoing President of Somalia, Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo’
18. Med shot, journalists covering the presidential election
19. Wide shot, members of the Federal Parliament of Somalia, representatives of international partners, and security officials inside the venue of the presidential election
20. Med shot, officials counting the ballot during the presidential election
21. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) James Swan, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia:
“There have been some difficult moments in this lengthy election. However, I believe that tonight's process demonstrated that it was a genuine horse race, that it was a competitive election, and that there was an opportunity for all of the candidates to contest fairly, and, so I think this is an opportunity now to demonstrate that the outcome is credible. Now it's time for Somalis and for Somalia's friends to come together to support the new government as it is installed, and to work on the critical national priorities that still face Somalia,” he added. “There's much work to be done, and we look forward to being Somalia's partners going forward.”
22. Close up, the Speaker of the Lower House of the Federal Parliament, Adan Mohamed Nuur Madobe, presiding over the election
23. Med shot, outgoing President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo’ congratulating incoming President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
24. Wide shot, members of the Federal Parliament of Somalia listening to the speech by the newly-elected President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
25. Close up, the Deputy Head of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), Fiona Lortan, and other officials and representatives of international partners, observing the presidential election
26. Med shot, newly-elected President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud speaking
27. Wide shot, newly-elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and other presidential candidates escorted out of the election venue after the elections
STORYLINE
The United Nations in Somalia welcomed the conclusion of the country’s presidential election today.

“I would like to congratulate the newly-elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on his victory tonight, but also express our appreciation to the other candidates, and particularly outgoing President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo,’ for respecting the outcome and for continuing the Somali tradition of embracing whoever wins and supporting them going forward – the atmosphere tonight, I think, was very positive," the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, said in the early hours of Monday morning.

The UN official was speaking at the conclusion of the election, at the venue in Mogadishu known locally as the “hangar,” located near the Aden Adde International Airport, where he and other representatives of Somalia’s international partners had been invited.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud won office on the third round of voting by the country’s parliamentarians, after some twelve hours of voting and counting. There had been close to 40 candidates standing for the office.

The UN Special Representative flagged that the electoral process had been a long one, as well as actively competitive – and that focusing on domestic and state-building priorities should now become the focus of attention.

“There have been some difficult moments in this lengthy election. However, I believe that tonight's process demonstrated that it was a genuine horse race, that it was a competitive election, and that there was an opportunity for all of the candidates to contest fairly, and, so I think this is an opportunity now to demonstrate that the outcome is credible,” Mr. Swan said.

“Now it's time for Somalis and for Somalia's friends to come together to support the new government as it is installed, and to work on the critical national priorities that still face Somalia,” he added. “There's much work to be done, and we look forward to being Somalia's partners going forward.”

The UN official also noted that some of the country’s critical priorities include finishing the constitutional review process, addressing urgent needs for improved development, security and the current drought.

In a tweet later on Monday, the UN in Somalia also praised Somalia's parliamentary Speakers and Deputy Speakers, the presidential election organizing committee and professional parliamentary staff, as well as Somali security forces and the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), for ensuring Sunday’s orderly, peaceful, and secure presidential election, the results of which have been fully accepted.
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