Parliament should use Its oversight to improve electoral model

The electoral model by Somalia’s National Leaders Forum (NLF) outlining the 2016 selection/election plan does not adequately enhance the democratic process. Rather, some aspects of the proposed roadmap significantly stifle the prospects of a legitimate and inclusive election process. Though it is encouraging that the oft-acrimonious federal and regional politicians reached a consensus, the model has significant flaws that, if implemented, could result in social conflict, weaker institutions and unwarranted power grab. Fortunately, the NLF included in the model a clause that calls for parliamentary approval of the ambitious plan. Since time is of the essence, and its implementation is crucial, parliament must scrutinize the plan, improve where necessary and adopt the plan expeditiously.

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Habraaca doorasho ee ay soo saareen Madasha Hoggaanka Qaran ee muujineysa qorshaha 2016-ka ee soo xulista / doorashada ma aha mid horrumarinaysa hirgelinta hannaan dimoqraadi ah. Weliba, qaar ka mid ah qodobada qorshaha lasoo jeediyey waxaa ay aad u cabburinayaan rajada laga qabay in la helo hannaan xulid/doorasho oo xalaal ah, loona dhanyahay. Inkasta oo ay tahay mid dhiirrigelin leh madaxda federaalka iyo kuwa gobollada oo ay ku badnayd is-qab-qabsigu in ay gaareen is afgarad, haddana habraaca doorasho oo ay ku heshiiyeen waxa uu leeyahay khaladaad badan oo haddii loo hirgeliyo sida ay u dhigeen keeni kara colaad ka dhex dhalata bulshada, hay’adaha dowliga ah oo daciifa, iyo awood marooqsi.

Soo rogo warbixinta oo dhan.

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  1. Avatar Abdullahi
    Posted April 2016 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Qoraalka usoo saaray macadka HERITAGE waa mid kudhisan dareenka bulshada iyo in ay dadku usinaadaan xuquuqda siyaasada iyo matalaada .
    Waxkasta wuxuu kuxirnaan doonaa jawaabta Baarlaanka laftooda waxaa kujira kuwa kasoo horjeeda heshiiski madasha.

  2. Avatar Ahmed Ismael
    Posted April 2016 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I agree with all the proposals put forth by the Heritage Institute. I also believe most fair minded Somalis would agree. Therefore, I suggest, that parliament, on behalf of the Somali people, should not accept anything less than what is being proposed by the Institute.

  3. Avatar Dr. Christoph Jaeger
    Posted February 2017 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Dear Editor, I am glad that you put the finalisation of the constitution as a first priority. Part of the problems of the last four years was the fact that neither the Government nor the international community respected the provisional constitution. Possibly the most striking example are the responsibilities of the President and the PM: according Art. 90 the President has 17 “powers and responsibilities”, and running the country is not one of these 17 points, while Art. 97 “the executive power of the Federal Government shall be vested in the Council of Ministers …” headed by the PM. Hence, according to the provisional constitution the President has as much power to run the country as the Queen has to run the United Kingdom. But the President assumed with full support of his international partners both tasks as head of state and head of government. I hasten to say that in my judgement a parliamentarian structure of government does possibly not fit the political mindset of African politics. Look at the summit conferences: in Africa, with one exception (Ethiopia), only Head of States participate in such summit meetings, while in Europe, with a few exceptions (France, Cyprus and Lithuania) it is the Prime Ministers who meet at these summit meetings.

    There are other parts of the constitutions that have not been respected in the past by all concerned, government and its international partners

    We should not continue attempting to build rule of law in Somalia by continuously breaching the “the supreme law of the country” (Art. 4). Hence, to review and where necessary revise and finalise the constitution should be one of the first priorities of the new president. Perhaps one could consider temporarily suspending those parts of the provisional constitution, that had been systematically broken in the past. And yes: the people at large must be consulted.

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