Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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PM Roble: Elections for Somalia Lower House to start next week

The House of Commons elections will begin next week, said Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble.

The breakaway northwestern region of Somaliland is expected to elect 46 MPs, Prime Minister Roble said on Sunday.

< He said he had agreed to hold elections with the leaders of Somali political groups in Mogadishu - Abdi Hashi Abdullahi, Speaker of the outgoing House of Lords (Senate) and Mahdi Mohamed Guled, Deputy Prime Minister.

Once the indirect election of the 275 Somali MPs is completed, it is expected that they will elect a federal president in a joint session with the 54 members of the Senate.

The presidential election was for. planned October 10, but not even the senatorial election was complete. Approximately 48 senators were elected and six seats remain vacant – four for Jubbaland state and two for Galmudug.

Although the House of Commons elections have been postponed several times, security has now been increased in all constituencies up for election.

Personnel from the Somali Police and the Police Department of the African Union Mission to Somalia (Amisom) have been deployed in several cities, including Beletweyne, Barawe and Dusamareb.

PM Roble exuded confidence that there would be a parliament that would perform the basic functions of government. “I want to see a new legislature quickly emerge as I emerge cleanly from a clash-free election,” he said.

The United States recently urged Somali leaders to speed up the elections to save the country in the Horn of Africa from political chaos.

Over the past two months, the elections have been postponed mainly due to disputes between President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and Prime Minister Roble.

Somalia’s Foreign Minister Abdirizak Mohamed met with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Mary Catherine Phee, on a visit to the United States, and they agreed that the elections should be held within an acceptable timeframe.

Last Thursday, Phee said: “I am delighted to have received Abdirizak Mohamed today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where I emphasized that the National Consultative Council (NCC) of Somalia must complete elections this year.

“Hold one man, one vote, universal suffrage, the NCC – a body made up of the federal G government of Somalia, heads of state and the mayor of Mogadishu – had agreed that indirect elections would be held on September 17, 2020.

In the clan-based indirect electoral system, the 54 senators are from the parliaments of the federal states and MPs are from 101 delegates of the respective Clans chosen.