Somalia’s model for an electoral process announced by the country’s federal government has been lauded by several international bodies.
From the United Nations to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the European Union (EU), these organizations state that the electoral model marks a major milestone for the war torn country.
This model paves the way to a timely transition at the expiry of the current institution’s term.
The 2016 electoral process involves the formation of both the Lower House – 275 seats and the Upper House of Parliament – 54 members. The parliament will have representation based on balance between constituency and clan.
“The Federal Government of Somalia wishes to express its gratitude to the Regional leaders, the Somalia public and our international partners for their efforts in moving the country forward. We assert that this electoral arrangement will be a measure for 2016 and look forward to the day our people will exercise the right to vote,” an excerpt from a communique on the electoral model for 2016 read.
Moreover, in line with the Mogadishu Declaration of December 2015, the government has shown its commitment to representation of women and minority groups, including that women will comprise 30 percent of the next Parliament.
“The Secretary-General welcomes today’s decision by the Federal Government of Somalia on a model for the electoral process to establish a new, bicameral Federal Parliament in 2016, based on inclusivity and representation,” a statement from the United Nations read.
“This is a signal of Somalia’s progress in peace-building and state building,” the UN said.