Front against Farmaajo’s offer crumbles as interests clash
Somalia’s new electoral rules are creating unforeseen cracks in the loose alliance between some presidents of federal states and opposition groups.
Originally united against President Mohamed Farmaajo, the groups now appear to be at loggerheads this week after a team formed to oversee electoral procedures decided to dilute the influence of traditional clan elders.
This team, the National Advisory Council (NCC), is chaired by Prime Minister Hussein Roble and includes the presidents of Puntland, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, South West and Jubbaland, as well as the mayor of Mogadishu.
The rules, as part of a new framework for electing members of the Lower House, effectively removed the influence of the 135 elders of traditional clans who were registered and who initially used to select delegates to vote for them. deputies. As in 2016, each clan has registered elders who select the delegates.
The delegates are then checked and listed as voting.
As part of the changes, delegates will be selected by traditional clan leaders and civil society actors from each clan to which a parliamentary seat is assigned. Civil society actors involved in the selection of delegates will be appointed by the Federal Electoral Implementation Team (FEIT), which is the temporary national electoral commission. Delegates will not be able to run for electoral seats, and candidates will have to pay high fees to be allowed to stand.
A group of opposition presidential aspirants known as the Council of Presidential Candidates [CPC] rejected the change, saying it violated the voting structure in the agreed-upon indirect elections, where clans were to retain the power to decide which delegates to vote for seats allocated to their group.
The CCP rejected the framework, arguing that it took away rights from residents and gave them to presidents of federal states who could manipulate the vote.
This means that the upcoming elections to the Lower House, also known as the House of the People, will be largely influenced by the presidents of federal states, as they may have a role to play in determining who passes control to be delegated. .
The new framework may have revealed how greedy those who criticized Farmaajo are, said political analyst Adam Aw Hirsi. East Africa.