Mogadishu, 24 December 2013 - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has once again called for a timely and credible political process that should lead to a new Puntland parliament this year and regional presidential elections on 8 January 2014.
"As the election draws closer and political temperatures become more heated, I call on all candidates and stakeholders, in particular the traditional titled elders, to work jointly and be prepared, at times, to strike difficult compromises," Mr. Kay said. "UNSOM has supported mediation and consultation efforts throughout the process and I remain hopeful that all candidates are committed to a peaceful and credible election."
Mr. Kay encouraged all stakeholders to fully cooperate with the Commander of the Puntland Darwish Force, General Said Mohamed Hersi Dheere, who is responsible for security for the elections, and urged all candidates to campaign responsibly in support of a peaceful election.
He further stressed that all presidential candidates should be assured of freedom of movement, association and security, and should enjoy equal access to media.
"I will continue to follow events closely and make every effort to assist Puntland to have a free, fair, inclusive and peaceful process," he added.