Somalia’s electoral bill faces a backlash, amid political crisis
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia’s electoral bill is facing backlash after country’s cabinet approved a new draft election law, a key step in the political process to holding elections in early 2021 in the war-ravaged nation of Somalia.
The draft, which consists of 61 articles in 39 pages, is being circulated to correct version and it will be submitted to the parliament for reading.
But, three of country’s state leaders (Puntland, Galmudug & Jubaland) rejected the bill, calling it as “unconstitutional”.
The rejection could deepen country’s already political crisis.
There has been political tension between the central government based in Mogadishu and its regional state members for the last months.
Meanwhile, Somali state leaders arrived in Garowe, the capital of Puntland after an invitation offered by Puntland President Said Abdullahi Dani.
Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire is set to travel to Garowe to join into other state members, in a bid to attend a conference which was aimed at ending political tension.
Last month, the regional leaders boycotted to attend Nation Security Council summit in Mogadishu after an urgent request offered by country’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.