Hargeisa- A group consisting of human rights defenders in Somaliland asked the political parties to respect the Code of Conduct signed by the political parties to govern the election period, the Group said in a press conference held at Hargeisa.
Speaking to the media, the chairwomen of the Group, Faisa Aw Ali, said the parties are required to contain their supporters.
"The leaders of the political parties shall stop their supporters to damage or humiliate the emblems, offices, and flags of the other parties,” they said in a statement read at the conference by the spokesperson, Jamal Hussein Ahmed.
"The directives made by the National Electoral Commission on the campaign hours, ethics and safety of the public shall be fully enforced while the parties are refraining from anything that can harm the supporters of the parties and the public,” the statement adds.
The Group urges the government officials to be impartial and treat the parties equally.
"The decrees issued by the President of the Republic of Somaliland shall be implemented, and the state property shall not be used in the campaign.”
"We call on the civil servants to refrain from the politics as the laws of the country require,” the statement says.
The Group demanded the decisions of the Election Monitoring Committee be implemented.
"We call on the security agencies to ensure that parties conduct their campaign activities independently and be treated equally without hindrances,” the statement adds.
Lastly, the statement asked the media to apply the Media Code of Conduct during the election period.