Somalia’s parliamentary election postponed again

Published by Africa News
On 26 September 2016 saa 02:30
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Somalia has postponed for the second time elections to choose new parliamentarians in the country following disagreement on how to select future members.

Voting for the 275 seat parliament was scheduled to start this weekend and end on October 10, with new lawmakers set to appoint a president on Oct. 30.

Facing an ongoing threat from the al Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group al Shabaab, Somalia abandoned plans for a ‘one person one vote election. ‘

Instead about 14,000 people representing federal states across the nation will choose members of the legislative assembly.

Although a fraction of Somalia’s 11 million people, it is more than the 135 elders who picked the outgoing parliament in 2012.Government officials were not immediately available to comment.

The election was originally planned for last month, but it was postponed to complete preparations.


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