Garowe-(Puntland Mirror) Somali presidential election will be delayed until at least December 15, this is according to the UN envoy for Somalia Michael Keating.
Speaking to the BBC’s Focus on Africa program on Friday afternoon, Mr. Michael Keating said that the election will not happen within the time set for it before, but will now take place on December 15.
“What’s likely to happen is something like two third of members of the lower house have been elected – there will be an announcement as to the time for the election of two speakers for the lower house and upper house and the deputy speakers and the timetable for the election of president.” Mr Keating told BBC Focus on Africa.
“My best guess is that it will take place on December 15.” He added.
A total of 130 lower house members and 43 upper house members have been elected so far. The lower house consists of 275 MPs while the upper house consists of 54 representatives.
The presidential election originally had been scheduled to take place in August, but the Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud’s government recently pushed back that date to November 30, and now to December 15.
The incumbent President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud and the current Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake are standing for election.