Mogadishu, December 19, 2021 – The police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali Police Force (SPF) on Sunday won the election of the first four members of the Somali Federal Parliament representing the clans of Somaliland .
The election, which took place at the Kaahiye General Police Academy in the capital Mogadishu, was jointly secured by the SPF and AMISOM police. Both forces are responsible for ensuring the security of the ongoing elections in Somalia.
Speaking after the election of the first four Members of Parliament, FEIT spokesperson Ambassador Ahmed Aden Dagaal said the electoral process is underway and thanked the security forces for ensuring the security at the election site.
“Today, the Federal Election Implementation Team (FEIT) attended the four-seat election, held at the Kaahiye General Police Academy. The election was conducted fairly and in a conducive environment. These four seats were among the sixteen seats previously announced by the Somaliland Election Implementation Team (SEIT), ”said Amb. Dagaal.
The Federal Parliament of Somalia is bicameral, consisting of an upper house and a lower house. Somalia has held indirect national elections and has already concluded elections for the Upper House, now elections for the Lower House or the People’s House are underway across the country. The president is expected to be elected later by members of both chambers of the federal parliament made up of 275 deputies and 54 senators.
The Somali Police Force is responsible for securing the elections, with AMISOM police playing a supporting role, providing security at the venues and protecting election officials during national elections to ensure the process is safe and secure.
Ejiro Martin, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said they were happy to work with the SPF to secure the ongoing elections.
“Today AMISOM has timely deployed both police units and individual police units to General Kaahiye to support the SPF in securing the People’s Parliament elections. So far, today it’s over. There were no complaints. The situation was calm. From a security perspective, everything went well, as we deployed with SPF, ”said DSP Martin.
He praised their working relationship with the SPF and said they are ready to step up their support to ensure that the elections take place in a safe and conducive environment.
“Our working relationship with the Somali police force has been cordial, we have worked hand in hand. We share information, security information. This electoral duty is not far from the security of the information that we have shared. We communicated and we came to support them. So far, we say that relations with the Somali police force have been cordial, ”he added.