Mogadishu (SD) – The selection process for members of the two Houses of the Somali Federal Parliament representing Somaliland later this year is presented.
The process, which is still a draft, and could be amended, was developed by a joint committee from both federal houses of Parliament, tasked with advising on electoral law that was not defined in selecting members from Somaliland, the committee is led by MP Ibrahim Isak Yarow.
The process is similar to the 2016 election, with 75 member delegation electing each parliamentarian. The election is to be held in Mogadishu.
The announcement was made on Tuesday in a meeting at Villa Hargeisa Parliament hall, attended by members of both houses hailing from Somaliland.
Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Guled and Ministers Beyle and Mareye were present at the meeting and were impressed with the way the process is developed.
However, the process is strongly opposed by other Somaliland federal MP’s and politicians, who are not in the government, and are in the opposition.
They sent a letter to the international community complaining about the new process, referring to articles in the constitution, alleging that they had been targeted, accusing President Farmajo of hijacking the electoral process.
These MP’s claim to represent Somaliland in Somalia’s Federal system, despite the fact that Somaliland declared independence in 1991.