Some Somali journalists admit they have practiced self-censorship in reporting the ongoing electoral process in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for members of the news media.
“Ultimately, I believe cultural change will favour women, especially when we move to party politics, where leaders are elected on the basis of their manifestos and not gender.”
On 24 November Jubbaland became the first Federal State in Somalia to conclude selection of candidates for seats in the House of the People. Now the state's electoral officials are being invited by other Federal States to share their recipe for success.
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) Michael Keating and the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia Francisco Madeira visited Cadaado to assess the progress made in the elections of the Lower House of Somal
Four women were elected to the House of the People today in the administrative capital of South West state.
Today’s results bring to nine the number of women elected to the lower chamber from South West state, out of a total of 49 seats that have been filled to date.
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.