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Somalia’s Parliamentary Election: The Face of Fraud And Corruption

Considerable instances of fraud, cheating, corruption and voter intimidation have marred the ongoing parliamentary elections in war ravaged Somalia.

Gen Nur Farah Jimale, Somalia’s election auditor general, informed international media groups that bribes of between $1,000 – $5,000 (£800; £4,000) have been paid to voters and would be voters.

Globe Afrique Media investigative analysts have also learned that some candidates have been offering bribes of up to $1.3m (£1m) to secure votes.

Since the country remains too unsafe for a national vote, indirect elections have been taking place since October this year.

Gen Nur informed news groups that some parliamentary seats should be re-run because bribery and money had been used to “out-maneuver” other candidates in the contest. Thus, forcing some candidates to withdraw from the poll.

Since the ousting of its former leader Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, Somalia has not had a functional central government.

Much of the country is still under the control of al-Shabab, an Islamist militant group which is affiliated to al-Qaeda terror network.

Political watchers say incidences of government resources being used in the election have also been documented.

The United Nations is funding institutional capacity-building and governance reform in Somalia, including the current parliamentary elections.

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