Somalia’s partners again under pressure from NIEC and welcome Parliament’s debate on the electoral code
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Technical options submitted by the Independent National Electoral Commission [NIEC] President Halima Ismael was supported by Somalia’s international partners, the country now weighing on the chances of holding the primary elections with one voice since 1969.
In these submissions, NIEC ruled out the chance of holding a universal suffrage later this year, adding that the country would move to the polls as soon as possible in March 2021. For biometric elections, the commission said. until August of next year.
The commission has already been criticized by the most opposition party, the FNP, which is now seeking the resignation of members of the NIEC. The coalition accused the commission of plotting to increase the mandate of the present administration against the constitution.
While endorsing NIEC, international partners, however, also perceived to be rooted within the dialogue, which they believed was essential for an enduring solution to this deadlock, which threatened to derail the upcoming negotiations.
“We stress the continued need for Somalis to have interaction in an inclusive dialogue to forge the broadest possible agreement on this important subject and stress the importance of a full and comprehensive dialogue between the leaders of the FMS and also the FGS”, we read within the statement released Monday.
The team also supported the dialogue which was called by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, whom the opposition accused of “hiding” within the elections by universal suffrage in order that his mandate was extended because of the limited time before the holding elections within the Horn of Africa nation.
“We welcome the announcement by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmajo’ that he will convene a gathering with all the leaders of the federal member states from July 5 to eight and that we urge that this meeting be the subsequent step during a broad consultation with key stakeholders. ”
The meeting dates were released after Farmajo’s virtual meeting with regional leaders last week. During the meeting, the federal states insisted that the continuing debate on the electoral law within the Lower House be suspended until the meeting was held, but members of the House continued to adopt certain clauses.
But in what appears to be coding support for this administration, international partners have also hailed Parliament for the promulgation of assorted electoral codes, adding that consensus is additionally needed among teams fighting for a stable Somalia.
“We note that the parliament also met to debate issues associated with the electoral code. We urge that political agreement be encouraged before the ultimate decisions,” said the statement. “We appeal all Somali leaders to figure to urgently reach agreement on the holding of national elections and other urgent national priorities.”
Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, the leader of the Wadajir party, accused the international community on Sunday of “imposing” an election model on Somalis, adding that the move might not solve the challenges facing the country.
Debates in Parliament, including the allocation of 13 seats to the Benadir region for the upper house, are criticized. The Senate qualified the debates of unconstitutional, Puntland joining also to condemn the approval of assorted legislations.
To protest against the approval of the laws, the Puntland Parliament asked the pinnacle of the region, Said Abdullahi Deni, to cancel his trip to Mogadishu for a dialogue which should occur on June 5 and eight, arguing that the plans for elections for next year were “unwarranted”.
Some of the laws that are glided by the Lower House despite resistance from stakeholders include the allocation of 13 Senate seats for the Banadir region, the approval of a universal suffrage model for elections and therefore the allocation of 30% of seats for ladies in Parliament.