Somalia’s solution to electoral crisis could be a unity government

Somalia election
Somalia election
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What you need to know:

  • The political elite has created a system where checks and balances do not exist.
  • They have been detached from the ordinary folk, and assured of an electoral model where MPs know they can bribe the traditional leaders to get delegates and win a seat.
  • National leaders and all party leaders should welcome the election commission’s recommendation that the country holds elections in 1P1V (one-person-one-vote) in September 2021. 

In the final week of June, Ms Halima Ismail, head of the National Independent Electoral Commission of Somalia [NIEC], presented two options for holding one-person-one-vote elections by September 2021.

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