Somali regional leaders rule out one person one vote election, call for alternative model

The leaders of Somalia’s five regional states have announced that the country cannot hold a one person one vote election this year or early next year when the terms of the current parliament and the president expire respectively.

The presidents of Galmudug, Jubbaland, Hirshabelle, South West and Puntland states announced their decision in a communique released after a two-day meeting in the central town of Dusamareb.

In their communique, the leaders called for an agreed upon and inclusive electoral model, stressing their rejection of the extension of the term of the current government and parliament.

The leaders also called for a meeting with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre in Dusamareb to discuss the election and other outstanding issues.

How the two federal government leaders would respond to this call remains to be seen.

A National Security Council meeting called for by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo which was scheduled to take place on 5-8 July failed to take off after the presidents of Jubbaland and Puntland boycotted it.

However, both President Farmajo and Prime Minister Kheyre had previously emphasised their intention to hold elections on time, with the latter warning that the country would plunge into a constitutional and political crises if polls are not held on their schedule.