MOGADISHU, Somalia Sep 8 2012 (Garowe Online) – UN Special Representative to Somalia Augustine Mahiga issued a statement requesting parliamentarians to select an ‘honest and effective’ candidate, Garowe Online reports.
Ambassador Mahiga released a statement on Friday with two days left until Somalia’s presidential elections.
The ambassador pleaded with candidates to wisely select a president who has the interests of Somalia in mind.
“I implore you to think of the good of your country and vote with a clear conscience. You should not feel bound by any obligation other than the interests of your country and the Somali people,” read the statement.
The international community has expressed a restored hope in the past weeks as a new parliament was inaugurated late last month.
The newly selected parliament was evaluated by selection committee composed of intellectuals and civil society members from Somalia.
Former warlords and militia members campaigning for parliament were left out as new custodians of Somalia were selected to bring an end to the transitional government.
“You are the custodians of the future which is now in your hands. In the coming two days you will hear from all the Presidential candidates as they present publicly their visions. Listen to them and make your choice accordingly,” read the statement by Ambassador Mahiga.
Reports of bribery and coaxing of parliamentarians by presidential candidates throughout the process have repeatedly surfaced. Ambassador Mahiga in his statement on Friday touched on that issue.
“The media is full of allegations that all of us engaged in this process have taken money or other inducements to vote for a particular candidate or to try and sway the election one way or another. Wrong or right, the truth will come out one day, but meanwhile, let us move on,” read the statement.
Candidates have been addressing parliament on their goals for Somalia under their tenure in the final two days before elections.
The Puntland government issued another warning on Saturday against manipulation of the political process advising parliament against "electing politicians who have been tested and failed in the past to fullfill entrusted national tasks.
A stable transition into a new a permanent government without incidents is expected by Britain’s ambassador to Somalia Matt Baugh, who spoke to AFP and said that the top candidates for President assured him that he would respect the outcome of the election.
The US Foreign Affairs department released a statement on Saturday requesting that all politicians respect the outcome of the elections.