Somalia Parliament approves Independent electoral and local boundaries commission

Published: July 6, 2015

Somalia Parliament approves Independent electoral and local boundaries commissionSomalia’s Federal Parliament on Monday unanimously approved the newly formed Independent Electoral and local boundaries commission.
Chaired by the Parliament speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari, the Session took place by the presence of 187-legislatures.
Prior to the session, members of the Federal Parliament were given several days to read the curriculum vitae (CV) and working experience of the 18 members who were also present at the Parliament’s session in Mogadishu.
The voting of the approval of the new commissions was carried out through secret ballots – a rare way of balloting in the Parliament.
However, under the terms of Somalia’s provisional constitution, the Electoral commission is responsible for the registration of voters and the conduct of free and fair elections expected to be held in 2016.
The new commission which were appointed in May by the Federal cabinet was objected by the autonomous state Puntland, accusing the Federal government of breaching the constitution and neglecting agreements signed by the government itself with the regional administrations.
Analysts and commentators have doubted the possibility of national elections to be held across the country due to the massive work to be accomplished prior to the elections date.
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