Somalia is struggling to meet the 30 per cent quota for women in the ongoing elections as local and security agencies remain vigilant to ward off threats by the Al-Shabaab to disrupt the polls.
Somalia's ongoing parliamentary elections have no credibility becauses of vote buying, fraud, intimidation and violence, the country's auditor general said in an exclusive interview with VOA Somali.
Nur Jimale Farah said Electoral College delegates, who are electing members of parliament, are voting for the highest bidder.
"Some votes were bought with $5,000, some with $10,000, and some with $20,000 or $30,000. But not all seats are equal. Some are influential seats and have a lot of candidates competing for them," he said.
Somalia’s electorate has increased since 2012, but it’s still just a drop in the ocean.
The fact that 99% of Somalis don't have the right to vote is just one deficiency of the ongoing process.
La Somalie s´engage tant bien que mal dans un périlleux processus électoral, qui doit voir la renaissance d´un Etat après un quart de siècle de guerre civile. Près de 14 000 délégués sont appelés au vote pour désigner les députés qui siégeront l´Assemblée nationale du pays, tandis que les Etats fédérés doivent désigner les futurs sénateurs de la Chambre aute. Les deux Assemblées sont censées se réunir le 30 novembre pour élire le président de la République fédérale de Somalie.
Existing and emerging Federal states were expected to announce the Upper House candidates before October 10, an extended deadline by Somalia’s electoral body.
In a major blow to the electoral process, clan elders and Somali government officials–term ended in September 10- including Deputy Prime Minister and Federal parliamentarians have denounced seats quota of both Federal Parliament Houses for Somaliland region, describing it “unfair” and undermine efforts aimed to unite the country.
Somalia's Interim Jubaland administrative parliamentarians have refused to attend New Deal forum which was scheduled to be held on Wednesday in Mogadishu.
The lawmakers from Interim Jubaland told Shabelle Media that its administrative constitution had been prepared amid its preparation was took part by international experts.
The summit was also boycotted by Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland leader, Abduwali Mohamed Ali Gaas, says he had not been satisfied for any manner of the meeting.
The federal government of Somalia has completely ruled out planned 2016 general elections in the country.
The parliament said that one man one vote is not possible in the war torn state following a meeting in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday in which Wednesday's "The New Deal" meeting was also discussed.
The 25 member committee chairman tasked by the government Abdullahi Godah Barre has read three point agreement between the parliament and cabinet paving way the ruled out of one man one vote come next year 2016.
The United Nations envoy for Somalia commended the completion of the establishment of the assembly of Galmudug, a region located in the center of the country.
“The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia Nicholas Kay welcomed the election of the Speaker of the Galmudug…by members of the assembly in Adaado, on 27 June,” said a statement issued this morning by the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNSOM), whicj Mr. Kay heads.
Senior officials of the Federal Government of Somalia have completed a two-week course on elections management, at the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Centre, in Accra Ghana.
The training facilitated by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), aimed at equipping the participants with the principles and processes in elections management, ahead of planned elections in 2016.
Somali Government Spokesman Ridwaj Haji Abdiweli has announced his resignation from the office he was holding for the past two years. Abdiweli who announced his decision through his official twitter account cited undisclosed personal issue as the main reason.
"I want to announce my resignation as the government spokesman and media adviser to the prime minister of Somalia, it was great honor for me for the past two years to serve my country which is experiencing great challenge," he said in a letter sent to newsrooms.