In a meeting held at the Aden Abdulle International Airport, a definitive agreement has been successfully signed by Somalia‘s key political stakeholders which stipulates that indirect elections will be held within two months.
This followed former Ghanaian President, John Mahama, quitting as African Union’s envoy to Somalia. It points to the fact that polls will most likely be held before August which permits Somalia to proceed with the delegate system of voting. It took about a week to arrive at this conclusion. The stakeholders meeting was chaired by Hussein Roble, the Prime Minister.
Representing Somalia Federal Government, Roble signed the deal, while leaders Said Abdullahi Deni (Puntland), Ahmed Abdi Qoorqoor (Galmudug), Ali Hussein Gudlawe (Hirshabelle), Abdulaziz Mohamed Laftagareen (South West) and Ahmed Mohamed Islam Madobe (Jubbaland) signed for their respective federal states.
For Hussein Roble, it was a memorable moment which signaled a “golden day” for the country.
“Several days of negotiations between the FGS, FMS and Benadir Region in the spirit of responsiveness, compromise and consensus have, in the interest of the nation and people, culminated in a mutually acceptable solution to the national electoral impasse,” Roble spoke to the audience on Thursday.
“Today, May 27, 2021, marks a historic moment and turns a golden page in Somalia’s State building and governance history.”
This is not the end of it all. Implementation is key to having successful elections. This new development however potentially will save Somalia from possible political fights.
The Proposed Election System For Somalia
First, delegates will vote for MPs, and secondly the MPs will in turn vote for the president of Somalia.
Hussein Roble will be responsible for directly supervising the elections. He will in addition oversee the reconciliation in the troubled Gedo region of Jubbaland where Somali National Army troops routinely clashed with Jubbaland forces.
Security arrangements are currently ongoing and further details will be communicated.
The political figures of Somali found the agreement pleasing. According to
Ayub Ismail Yusuf, a Senator in the Somali Upper House:
“Today’s election agreement between the Federal Government of Somalia and its federal member states finally takes us on the path to elections…This agreement is as fair and representative as possible to ensure indirect free and fair elections. We must work towards 1P1V (one person one vote),” the Senator said.
By Elijah Christopher
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