Somalilandsun- The planned March 2017 election shall take place on time without further delay, said Human Rights Centre in a statement today.
The first election of the members of the House of Representatives happened in 2005. Their five years term lapsed 2010. Instead of holding election, their tenure has been routinely extended. The Upper House has never been elected and extends its own term whenever it lapses. No election was ever held on schedule in Somaliland.
The Constitutional Court ruled the House of Representatives election and presidential election to take place on March 2017. The National Electoral Commission is now working on that timetable while the voter registration is smoothly ongoing.
The only main remaining task is enactment of the House of Representatives Bill, a process that can be finalized within couple of weeks. The Bill raised controversy over the allocation of the 82 seats of the House. Difference exist on the number of seats each region has to receive. The President and the leaders of all the political parties agreed 28thJuneto carryout consultations about the Bill.
Human Rights Centre is concerned that there are elements who are using the disagreement to drag the process and to further postpone the election of the House of the Representatives.
“The election is vital for the continuity of democratization process and the public trust. The people are unable to elect the law makers. The Upper House (Guurti) remains in power without election. The House of Representatives (Lower House) exceeded its mandate. Periodic election is important and necessary requirement for true democracy,” says Guleid Ahmed Jama, chairperson of Human Rights Centre.
“The power to elect shall be returned to the hands of the people. If the House election is postponed, it will very likely push back the elections of the Local Government Councils and the Upper House (Guurti) as well,” he adds.
To the President
To the House of Representatives
To the Guurti (the Upper House)
To the civil society
To the international community:
Guleid Ahmed Jama
Chairperson of Human Rights Centre