Corruption 'mars Somalia election'

Mohammud Ali Mohamed
Somalia’s Auditor General has told the BBC that his office is documenting cases of corruption in the ongoing Somali parliamentary election.
Indirect elections have been taking place since October to renew the Somali parliament as the country remains too dangerous for a national vote.
There are allegations of corruption, intimidation and misuse of government resources, Auditor General Nur Farah Jimale told the BBC’s Somali Service.
His team has been collecting evidence from regions that are conducting the elections.
The BBC has also learned that some candidates have been offering bribes of up to $1.3m (£1m) to secure votes.
This comes as the election for the president may be postponed again, because there are not enough members of parliament currently elected to carry out the presidential election.
Much of the country is still under the control of Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

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