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"I believe cultural change will favour women, especially when we move to party politics, where leaders are elected on the basis of their manifestos and not gender,” the words of Suldan Warsame Suldan Alio Ibrow, an influential clan elder from Somalia’s South West state.

Mohamud Hassan Elmi, Deputy Chair of the Jubbaland State Level Indirect Electoral Independent Team says they benefited greatly from the support of the state authorities which gave them the independence to conduct their work unhindered.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating and the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira in a discussion with the President of Galmudug State, Abdikarim Hussein Guled during a visit to assess the ongoing electoral process in Galmudug State, on 26 November 2016

Muna Khalif Sheikh Abuu, an MP-elect from South West State at the polling center during the electoral process to choose members of the Lower House of the Somali federal Parliament in Baidoa, Somalia on November 26, 2016. UN Photo / Sabir Olad

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, the Head of European Union Delegation to Somalia, Ms. Veronique Lorenzo and other AMISOM officials during a meeting with the Jubbaland State President, Ahmed Mohamed Islam Madobe in Kismaayo, Somalia, on 24 November 2016. UN Photo

Hamza Sheikh Hassan Olow found herself competing for votes against three male rivals

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