Somalia’s parliamentary and presidential elections in 2020-21 were slated to take place on a one-person to one-vote basis for the first time since 1969.
However, realities on the ground have prevented this expectation, including a serious rift between the Federal Government and several Federal Member States which delayed agreement on the electoral legislation and procedures, as well as continued insecurity.
Instead, the ‘Mogadishu Model’ will see an augmented indirect electoral process, with senators in the Upper House selected by State Assemblies and an expanded number of clan delegates electing MPs in the Lower House, who will in turn vote for the President.
Panellists discuss the importance of embedding a mechanism for dialogue between the Federal Government and the States, in order to overcome future political disputes and ensure the implementation of policy priorities.
In the context of the coronavirus pandemic and continued insecurity due to al-Shabab, this event also reflects on the importance of economic and security sector reforms.
Halima Ibrahim, Chairperson, National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC)
Abdirashid Hashi, Director, Heritage Institute for Policy Studies
Mahad Wasuge, Executive Director, Somali Public Agenda
Chair: Ahmed Soliman, Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House