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S.West Senators appeal for peace, call for speedy formation of polls body

State presidential elections are set be conducted next month

FILE: Senate building in Mogadishu

Senators representing South West state have called on the federal government to provide adequate and speedy support to the victims of the Saturday bomb attack in Baidoa while urging leaders and stakeholders in the region to support efforts at ensuring securing and stability in the state.

In a statement to newsrooms Monday, the Senators also condoled with the families of those killed in the October 13 bombing which claimed over ten lives and injured at least 15 others. Some of those injured were flown to Mogadishu Sunday for specialised treatment.

All stakeholders including presidential candidates in the upcoming elections and security agencies must work together to ensure security of the state and in particular the capital Baidoa, the lawmakers said. They in particular urged presidential candidates and their supporters avoid any actions which can compromise the security and stability of the region.

Regarding the upcoming state presidential elections, the Senators called for the speedy composition of the electoral body to oversee the elections and ensure the process is transparent and conducted within stipulated timelines.

The lawmakers however warned against any attempts to interfere with the elections noting that the people of South West must be given the chance to choose their own leader without any compulsion.

Elections to choose a new state president are slated for November. The incumbent, Sharif Sheikh Adan will be defending his seat. Other contenders include former federal finance minister Mohamed Fargeti and ex-Al-Shabaab number two Mukhtar Robow.

We call on the people of South West to protect the unity, peace and stability of the region, the senators added.


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