MOGADISHU, Somalia Sep 10 2012 (Garowe Online) – Speaker of
Parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari assured the Puntland government and others that
the elections would transpire freely and fairly without incident, Garowe Online
Speaker Jawari who spoke to the VOA on Saturday said that
officials should not doubt that the presidential election process slated for
Monday would occur fairly.
“I assure that the election process which will take place on
Monday will occur fairly without any dishonesty” said Jawari speaking to VOA on
Puntland government issued a statement on Saturday that
stated that they were apprehensive about recent reports of bribery and
persuasion that blemished the upcoming elections.
Speaker Jawari spoke about the significance of Puntland in
the Somali political arena and the importance of cooperation.
“Puntland is a state of Somalia and I’m sure that they will
work with the government of Somalia as they have for so long,” said Speaker
Both Britain and the US appealed to politicians to respect
the outcome of the presidential elections on Monday.
Ambassador to Somalia Matt Baugh, who spoke to AFP, said
that the top candidates for President assured him that they would respect the
outcome of the election.
The new President’s mandate is scheduled for four years and
Speaker Jawari stated that whatever the outcome officials should respect the
new president of Somalia.
“The parliament is ready to select a new president who will
run the country for another 4 years and deserves to be worked with,” said
The ending of the transitional government has been marred by
controversy however the UN Special Representative to Somalia Augustine Mahiga stated
in a statement that Somalis need to move on.