A total of 16 members of parliament (MPs) were elected to the House of the People in voting across the country today, bringing the number of elected lawmakers in the lower chamber of Somalia’s federal parliament to 131, or nearly half the total of 275 seats.
Five more members of the federal parliament’s House of the People were elected in Kismaayo today, including one woman, on the sixth day of voting in Jubbaland state.
The total number of members of parliament (MPs) elected in the state now stands at 37 out of an allocation of 43 seats.
Voting for the 37 seats in the House of the People allocated to HirShabelle state will begin tomorrow.
The State-level Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (SIEIT) announced that 13 of the seats will be decided during the first phase of voting for the House of the People.
Another fourteen members of the Federal Parliament’s House of the People were elected from Jubbaland and South West states Wednesday, and voting for the eight Upper House seats representing the recently formed HirShabelle federal member state was completed in the state capital of Jowhar.
The State-level Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (SIEIT) in Puntland has announced that the second phase of voting for 25 members of the House of the People will begin on 14 November.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia Michael Keating reminded Puntland electoral officials and stakeholders of their obligation to achieve the 30 per cent quota of seats for women in Somalia’s future parliament during a visit to the Puntland state capital toda