MOGADISHU, Somalia Aug 10 2012 (Garowe Online) – The UN,
IGAD and the African Union issued a joint statement on Friday to those using “nefarious
means” to coerce positions in government in upcoming Somali elections, Garowe
The joint letter was signed by UN Special Representative to
Somalia Augustine Mahiga, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the
African Union Commission for Somalia Boubacar Diarra and IGAD Special Facilitator
for Somalia Peace and National Reconciliation, Kipruto Kirwa.
With less than two weeks left the international community
released a joint statement that stated that it would be unacceptable for
individuals to jeopardize the political process at such a critical stage, and
said that those attempting to “manipulate, delay or derail this process”…. “would
be dealt with as spoilers”.
The letter also singled out campaigning politicians who have
a history of violence and criminality.
The Technical Selection Committee (TSC) which are responsible
for assessing if the MP-elects meet the agreed upon criteria, were given a
warning to ensure that former MPs with a debauched record not be reelected.
“We strongly urge the TSC to ensure that those people who have
a history of criminality, violence and intimidation, or who are employing
bribery and corruption, and other political spoilers are not returned to
Parliament,” read the letter.
According to the statement, the TSC will also be given “comprehensive
information” to give them the opportunity to select credible members of
parliament. The letter does not describe from who or what organization the comprehensive
information will be obtained from.
As the elections draws closer, the political process in its
late stages has been marred by controversy as reports of intimidation, coercion
and bribery of tribal elders and members of the TSC by individuals who are aspiring
for political seats in the new federal government is increasing.
The UN, IGAD and the AU have issued numerous similar
warnings throughout the political process over the past year. Despite the stark
warnings by the international community the reports of ‘spoiler’ behavior have
not ceased to