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Dispute Resolution Committee chairman nullifies Elwaq and Garbaharey elections

The Dispute Resolution Committee Mohamed Awil Warsame chairman has dismissed Friday’s parallel elections in Elwak and Garbaharey in the Gedo region as illegal. 

Speaking to the local media, the chairman said that the separate elections in Elwak and Garbaharey violated the September 17th agreement reached by the leaders of the National Consultative Forum.

He called on the National Consultative Forum and the prime minister to compromise to end the election.  

In a decree from Villa Somalia on Friday, President Mohamed Farmaajo said that the elections in Garbaharey and Elwak violated the indirect election agreement and called for an immediate leadership convention to find an amicable solution for the 16 seats in the Gedo region.

Two parallel elections run by members of the Federal Electoral Implementation Team have begun on Friday in Garbaharey and Elwak in the Gedo region. The electoral delegates in El-Wak have elected 10 MPs out of Jubbaland’s 16 remaining parliamentary seats on Friday.

President Farmaajo added that any legislator elected in an illegal and flawed process that violates the electoral agreement and Law No. 30 could not participate in the elections for parliamentary speakers or the president. 

The international community has previously called on Somali leaders to avoid “parallel process, partial elections.”

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