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Somali High Court approves an Independent Committee to hold NUSOJ election

Mogadishu (MCRS) 20 Mar. 2016 – The President of the Supreme Court of Somalia has issued a decree asking the Benadir Appeal Court to ensure that an independent Committee to hold the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) election since the previous leaders’ mandate expired.

With reference to previous decision No.MS/09/2016 the High Court sent a letter dated 15 March 2016 asking the Benadir Appeals Court to observe the upcoming elections and to ensure that the election is fair and free and that all journalists will have the opportunity to elect their leaders in order for them to have the legitimacy needed to represent Somali journalist.

The High Court issued a letter ordering the Benadir Appeals Court to
do the following:

  1. To ensure that NUSOJ election takes place as soon as possible;
    2. To ensure that organizers are independent and neutral from NUSOJ
    leadership’s candidates;
    3. The Chief of Benadir Appeals Court to take a leading role on the
    process of the preparation and to ensure that the election is free and
    fair;
    4. To ensure that those electing NUSOJ leaders are members of NUSOJ.

The High Court expresses the importance of Somali journalists’ role to the society, therefore, urges them to take part the process so that all journalists will have the opportunity to elect their leaders in
order to have a legitimate NUSOJ that can represent the interest of Somali journalists. This means that previous Secretary Generals of NUSOJ can choose to become candidates, but they will not be able to conduct a fake general assembly as they used to do before. This way, the country will elect legitimate NUSOJ leaders that is accountable to Somali journalists.

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