Garowe, PUNTLAND — In a meeting that unfolded over two days, major political parties of Puntland, including Sincad, Ifiye, Mustaqbal, Shaqaalaha, and Runcad, convened to deliberate on the approaching 2024 elections and other critical political matters specific to the region. These parties, recognizing the gravity of the situation, collectively released a set of provisions that underscore their unified stance. Firstly, they ardently advocate for a stable, free, and fair election, prioritizing the safety of all involved. Furthermore, they commit to advancing the progress achieved in Puntland’s democratic election processes. This commitment is evident in their support for the principle of one-person one-vote in the 2024 elections.
Emphasis on Peaceful Political Discourse
Moreover, the political parties stress the importance of resolving political competition and disputes through peaceful means in Puntland, firmly rejecting the involvement of arms or clan affiliations. This approach is a testament to their dedication to maintaining peace and stability in the region.
In an inclusive move, the Puntland political parties express their willingness to engage in negotiations with any concerned parties regarding the electoral process. They also urge the people of Puntland, especially those unregistered, to participate in voter registration, emphasizing the significance of active participation in the democratic process.
Concluding their joint statement, the Puntland political parties call for enhanced security measures and caution against any actions that could disrupt Puntland’s security and stability. This stance reflects a deep-seated commitment to facilitating a democratic and inclusive electoral process, aiming to establish a transparent and representative election in 2024.
Additional Contextual Insights
President Said Abdullahi Deni’s recent overtures towards armed opposition groups, including offering negotiations and pardoning militia leaders, signal a strategic approach to addressing internal challenges. The Puntland political parties’ participation in the May 2023 local elections and their readiness for the 2024 direct elections further illustrate their commitment to Puntland’s democratic evolution.
However, the region faces challenges, notably the Aran Jaan group’s rejection of the elections and alleged insurrection in Garowe. Accusations of external influence from the Mogadishu government add complexity to the political dynamics, highlighting the ongoing tussle between Puntland and the federal government.
Looking ahead, it is anticipated that Puntland’s political parties will intensify their collaborative efforts to foster cooperation and dialogue among various stakeholders. Their aim is to realize a successful and inclusive electoral process that truly represents the will of the people of Puntland, navigating through the complexities of regional politics and external influences. The commitment to democratic principles, peaceful political engagement, and inclusive dialogue therefore reflects a mature political landscape in Puntland, poised for significant electoral milestones in the coming year.