UN calls for peaceful, credible polls in Somalia regional state

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UN calls for peaceful, credible polls in Somalia regional state

The UN top envoy in Somalia on Wednesday called for consensus on credible and peaceful presidential election in the country’s South West State amid divisions among the stakeholders.

Nicholas Haysom, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, said differences among the stakeholders, ahead of the polls slated for Nov. 17 had the potential to lead to violence.

“There is a real need to set the precedent for credible and peaceful electoral processes,’’ Haysom said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

He, however, called on all parties and stakeholders to work together.

He said that they should ensure that the Somali-owned electoral process proceeded in accordance with the established rules and devoid of any behaviour which might lead to conflict or undermine the integrity of the electoral process.

SOURCE: Xinhua