Somalilandsun:The new regional allocation of seats in parliament was added in the
electoral law which was tabled in Somaliland parliament. The new law which
the Horn Newspaper reporter received a copy; confirms that article 78 of
the law shows the quotas of seats allocated for every region of
Somaliland. The quotas figures are as follows……
1. Marodijeeh region 20 parliamentary seats
2. Togdheer region 15 parliamentary seats
3. Awdal region 13 parliamentary seats
4. Sanaag province 12 parliamentary seats
5. Sool province 12 parliamentary seats
6. Sahil province 10 parliamentary seats
The total number of parliamentary seats in all regions of Somaliland is 82.
According to the new electoral law it has been decided that the country
will use the 2005 electoral bill to run the elections. Articles 77 of the
new electoral law states that the electoral boundaries of the 1960
independence era will be used demarcate constituency borders.
In another development the new electoral law will follow the 26th June
1960 regional borders of the six Somaliland provinces this is written on
article 1 of law 109 of the electoral law of Somaliland.
Members of parliament representing Awdal province vehemently opposed the
new electoral law tabled in the lower House of Representatives which was
passed by the cabinet and prepared by the Somaliland Electoral Commission
In a recent press release by the presidential palace reads “The president
of the Republic of Somaliland H.E Musa Bihi Abdi has forwarded the
electoral law to parliament for debate and approval of which the house
passed into law. This law was prepared by the electoral commission which
was assisted by the Solicitor’s General office and the civil society.
According to the new electoral law which the cabinet made some amends
increased quotas given to women and minority clan Gaboye.”
The new electoral did not increase the general number of parliamentary
seats in parliament. This is the work for the legislators in the House of
Representatives to decide.
The opposition National Party (Wadani) has distanced itself from the new
electoral law claiming it has nothing to do with it or its deliberations.
It is not yet clear if the House will pass the new electoral law or will
amend it since the last constitutional decisions lies in her hands