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Impossible to hold 2020 polls - Somalia elections boss

Impossible to hold 2020 polls - Somalia elections boss


<p>Somalia joins the league of country’s that cannot hold elections – not because of the coronavirus as in the case of Ethiopia but because of preparatory challenges, the elections chief has disclosed.</p> <p>According to National Independent Electoral Commission head, Halima Ismail Ibrahim, the <span class="caps">NIEC</span> has ruled out holding elections which were scheduled to hold on November 27. </p> <p>She told lawmakers that the earliest an election could hold in the country was in March 2021. In her address to the lower house of parliament, she presented two options – an election based on biometric registration which would be possible in August 2021 or a manual-based registration that can be held in March 2021.</p> <p>The issue of upcoming elections has been a big issue in the Horn of Africa country with incumbent Mohammed Abdullahi Farmaajo certain to seek re-election. A united opposition front, involving two former presidents, is also lacing its boots to challenge him.</p> <p>The last poll was in February 2017 when after months of delays, some 275 MPs and 54 senators met in a fortified airport in the capital Mogadishu to choose between then incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for a second term, or one of his 21 other rivals.</p> <p>After three rounds of voting, incumbent Abdullahi Farmaajo emerged winner in an electioneering process marred with corruption and vote-buying. Mogadishu was on security lockdown for the vote after an increase in al-Shabaab attacks in lead-up the vote. </p> <p>The hangar at the Mogadishu International airport was thought to be the safest place to hold the event. The government dropped an initial plan to give each adult a vote owing to challenges in securing national polling stations. Instead, about 14,000 clan elders and regional figures chose the 329 lawmakers who in turn voted for the president.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the parliament has also approved a move that gives the capital 13 seats in the house. The capital falls under the Banadir region in the regional administrative structure of the government. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">BREAKING</span>: Lower House of parliament votes overwhelmingly 13 seats for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mogadishu?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mogadishu</a> in the Upper House of the parliament. 142 MPs voted in favour out of 146 MPs present in the house, while 4 objected. Last week 130 MPs opposed 7 seats suggested by the parliamentary ad-hoc committee. <a href="https://t.co/FsmWmVWu0g">pic.twitter.com/FsmWmVWu0g</a></p>— Somalia Live Update (@HassanIstiila) <a href="https://twitter.com/HassanIstiila/status/1276828544098844674?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 27, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>
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