Political leaders agree to hold a long-delayed vote, which may ease the political crisis that sometimes becomes violent.
After months of stalemate, Somali political leaders have agreed that the country’s long-delayed presidential election will be held on October 10.
Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble (Mohamed Hussein Roble)’s office announced the timetable for indirect parliamentary and presidential elections in a statement on Twitter, stating that stakeholders have agreed to a two-period in the capital Mogadishu. A road map for voting after the day’s meeting.
The Prime Minister said: “I commend the leaders of the council and hope that the election will be a peaceful and transparent election according to the agreed timetable and procedures.”
President Mohamed Abdullah Mohammed, commonly known as Famacho, the leaders of the five states of Somalia failed to agree on voting terms before his term expired in February, triggering an unprecedented constitutional crisis.
In April, negotiations broke down, the lower house of parliament, and the political deadlock broke out into violence. President’s term extended by two years, Triggered a gun battle on the streets of Mogadishu.
Under pressure, the president revoked the extension and ordered the prime minister to reconvene with state leaders to formulate a new road map for the election.
In May, the warring leaders announced plans to begin a multi-stage election process within 60 days to help ease political tensions.
The timetable announced on Tuesday sets the upper house elections on July 25 and the lower house elections from August 10 to September 10. Then the two houses will hold presidential elections on October 10.
Somalia has not held a direct one-person-one-vote election since 1969, when Siad Barre led a coup and continued to rule for 20 years.
Barre’s military government collapsed in 1991, Somalia fell into anarchy, and since getting into trouble due to security issues or lack of political will, efforts to organize such votes have been repeated.
Like other elections in the past, the upcoming elections follow a complex indirect model.
Special representatives are elected by the country’s countless clan elders to elect members of the House of Commons, while senators are nominated by the state president and then approved by the local legislature.
This election will go further in terms of inclusiveness, with the voting location doubling, and the number of delegates voting is almost twice the number of the last election in 2017.
Rober said that female candidates will pay less registration fees in order to increase female participation in elections.