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International partners urge Somalia to fix issues in electoral law ahead of polls

by Staff Feb 28th · 1 min read

The international partners have called on Somali leaders to iron out pending issues in the recently enacted electoral law ahead of the elections at the end of 2020 and early 2021.

The partners, including the African Union, the EU and the UN, said the identification of constituencies and allocation of seats to the constituencies and identifying which seats in Parliament will be reserved for women to ensure a minimum 30 percent representation should be resolved to pave way for the implementation of the electoral law.

They said modalities for electing the seats allocated for Somalilanders, and the representation of residents of the Benadir region in the Parliament should also be resolved urgently.

“The partners call on the Federal Parliament, in collaboration with the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC), and in consultation with the government, the Federal Member States and other stakeholders, to resolve these urgently,” the partners said in a joint statement issued on Tuesday evening.

Analysts say the holding of the 2020 universal vote is considered critical for the sake of entrenching the federal system of governance, which is required to appease communities and regions claiming systematic exclusion and marginalization for decades.

The Horn of African nation is making urgent preparations for universal suffrage elections. Somalia last held one-person, one-vote elections in March 1969 when the government was overthrown in a military coup.

last updated: 2020-02-28@01:02