Somalia’s Presidential Election To Hold December 28

Somalia’s political leaders have finally settled on a date for the Presidential election after long delays.

Prior to this, the government had shifted the election date, citing allegations of bribery, fraud and voter intimidation.

The election was set to hold on November 30, but eventually the electoral commission decided on moving it to December.

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The delays, which caused international observers to worry, were as a result of the challenges faced by Somalians who are battling Islamic militants, al-Shabab, clan rivalries and so on.

Now the date of the election has been confirmed as the 28th, according to News 24.

Somali leaders also added that they expect the new parliament to elect a speaker on December 22 before the presidential election on December 28.

The president of Somalia is not elected by popular vote as is common in most countries. The president is elected by the parliament members who are first elected by 14,000 delegates from different clans.

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Voting for the members of the 54-seat Upper House in parliament is almost complete while that of the 275-seat Lower House is only past the halfway mark, according to officials.

Some presidential candidates, especially the opposition, accuse the election process of being corrupt, citing that it is skewed to favour the current administration. This has caused the electoral commission to warn that some parliamentary seats might be nullified due to allegations of corruption

Somalia recently established its first functional centralised government since 1991.

Among the presidential candidates are the incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Fadumo Dayib, one of the two females to ever run for president in the Horn of Africa, and who  has also faced threats from Islamist group al-Shabaab.