Feb 9, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Somalia presidential candidates face tough rules ahead of polls

The final election date in Somalia has subjected candidates to a new set of conditions, setting the stage for one of the toughest competitions they will face.

On Thursday, a special parliamentary task force elected the Election Prepare for the much-delayed elections, which have been set as the date for the presidential elections on May 15 this year.

The date coincides with Somalia’s Youth Day, a day Somalis say he sowed the seeds for independence demands in 1943, when the Somali Youth League was formed.

But this time, the date could not only give candidates certainty that a long electoral cycle was over, it could also be a headache.


Initially scheduled for March 2021 elections have been delayed by more than a year, attracting more aspirants along the way. As of Thursday, at least 15 candidates had announced their intention to run.

According to the rules published by the task force, any candidate interested in the office of federal president must submit their application between May 8th and May 8th 10. Those who don’t do this will be locked out.

So far only one woman, former Foreign Minister Fawzia Yusuf Adam, has announced her intention.

After the Registration will require participants to address a joint session of the two chambers of parliament on May 11-12.

In Somalia’s bicameral federal parliament, the upper house (senate) has 54 members, while the lower house has 275 members . These MPs attend a joint session to vote for the President by secret ballot.

Nominees must pay $40,000 in registration fees. In 2012, a candidate had to pay $10,000 when submitting an application letter. The amount increased to $50,000 in 2017. Critics have argued that the fees exclude suitable candidates at the expense of wealthy politicians.

But there are other conditions. Each presidential candidate must be proposed by at least 20 MPs or at least one federal member state.

Somalia has five federal member states: Jubbaland, Puntland, South West, Hirshabelle and Galmudug.

< p>Once the registrations and speeches are completed, the committee will take two days to prepare for the election.

“The most important day is reserved for Sunday, May 15, when members of both chambers will be present “A session is expected to be convened at the Big Tent, a large hangar located in the heavily guarded Aden Abdulle Airport, to elect a president,” said the committee’s chairman, Abdikani Mohamed Gelleh, a senator who spoke on Thursday was elected head of the Presidential Elections Committee. He will be represented by Mohamed Kerrow.

Mr Gelleh informed the media that all other conditions set during the last presidential election in January 2017 will apply.

This means a The candidate must be a Somali citizen who is also a Muslim and at least 40 years old. A candidate must also have knowledge and experience appropriate to the position.

Those running must also not have been convicted of a high-level crime by a court.

This year, the field is expected to be crowded. The candidates are likely to include incumbent Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, who is expected to be challenged by two former presidents – Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud; Ex-Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and a horde of ex-ministers, ex-diplomats and Puntland State President Said Abdullahi Deni.

Somalia has never re-elected an incumbent president, the last five being indirect Polls have revealed a new contender.

Other contenders include MP Abdulkadir Osoble, former Foreign Minister Abdirizak Mohamed, former Prime Minister Omar Sharmarke, former Planning Minister Abdishakur Abdirahman and former Galmudug President Abdikarim Hussein Guled.

The elections were largely delayed because of stakeholder disputes over how delegates should be selected and where the elections should be held.