Wadajir Calls for an Inclusive Electoral Model

Mogadishu (PP News Desk) — Wadajir, a political party in Somalia, has published a position paper on Dhuusamareeb Agreement. The party views the Agreement as incomplete due to non-participation of two stakeholders, Puntland and Jubaland.

The political party led by Abdirahman Abdishakur castigated President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed for “the failure of the Federal Government of Somalia” to live up to the popular expectation to conduct one person, one vote elections in Somalia next year.

Wadajir’s position paper accents an inclusive electoral model.

Wadajir warns against conducting elections without getting all political stakeholders involved. The “opposition political party” suggests modifications to aspects of the agreement to reduce the number of representatives who will elect MPs and Senators from 300 to 101 members. It recommends the duplication of the job of the National Independent Electoral Commission by forming regional electoral commissions expressly for the 2021 elections. Federal Member States have sub-national electoral commissions.

The party looks upon the appointment of a new Prime Minister as an urgent confidence-building measure to allay fears of people who think “the President is not serious about elections.”

Wadajir supports an article in the Electoral Law about areas where indirect elections cannot take place, and recommends Mogadishu as the venue to hold elections of MPs from constituencies in Somaliland and areas under Al-shabaab.

© Puntland Post, 2020