The presidential election in Somalia’s south west state has been delayed for the second time in a week.
It was originally scheduled for November 17th before being delayed until November 28th, with the election commission citing “technical difficulties.”
This new development has increased fears of political manipulation and violence. The first postponement came as a result of a mass resignation of the region’s electoral body.
The election will now take place on December 5th. Analysts say the Somali government, which was opposed to the delay and the inclusion on the ballot of a former al-Shabab official, is now putting pressure on the new commission to bar Mukhtar Robow, a former al-Shabab deputy leader, from standing as a candidate.
The election is being monitored by the Somali government and the UN, and its conduct will determine how the country’s other regions will oversee their elections expected to take place next year.