Somaliland Looks Towards Successful MP Selections Till End Of February

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Somalia SomaliaSomalia is on the road to democracy as polling has picked up speed and will see completion by the end of February, 2022, reports confirm. The reports have been confirmed by Ahmed Safina, the spokesperson of the Federal Electoral Implementation Team (FEIT), the top-most committee that has been assigned to manage the elections in Somalia. Further, she has said that the polls team will soon complete the election of the first 100 of 275 legislators in the Lower House.

The concerned authorities have now asked Somalia’s five Federal Member States (FMS)—Puntland, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, South West and Jubbaland—as well as the capital Mogadishu, have been instructed to complete the election of legislators in the Lower House by February 25. This instruction comes from the National Consultative Council (NCC), chaired by the Prime Minister Hussein Roble, through a communiqué issued on January 9.

The idea is to have all the 175 MPs to be elected by the end of the voting cycle. Mr. Safina is extremely confident of this task completion. Meanwhile, in a moment of joy, it was also announced that Ms Khadija Dirie, the outspoken Federal Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, was re-elected.

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This time the NCC has chosen to use the indirect electoral system after preparations to hold a one-person, one-vote universal suffrage failed and required more time. Currently, the South West State has become the first to initiate the voting process for the election of 13 seats in the coastal town of Barawe town, the state’s official capital, 200km south of Mogadishu. Like them, it would work for each state to hold independent elections in two constituencies so that the five FMS will have two towns each to hold the elections. 

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