Sub clans will constitute a 51 member electoral college should a Lower House seat fall vacant, the electoral body FIEIT has said following a meeting with the parliamentary leadership in Mogadishu.
Similarly, the two bodies agreed, in the event a seat occupied by a female lawmaker falls vacant, only female candidates can contest for the seat, a Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team, FIEIT official Nafisa Santur told Goobjoog News.
This, the electoral body notes is critical to ensure the women quota is guarded through the end of the 10th parliament which recently elected the speaker and deputies. Based on the 2016 electoral formula, each Lower House member was elected by 51 delegates drawn from the various sub clans.
The official also noted the meeting resolved that all efforts must be exhausted to finish the election of the remaining nine seats for the Lower House and five in the Senate. Somaliland is yet to elect five senators and seven Lower House representatives while the Banaadiri community in Mogadishu remains with two MPs to elect.
The leaders who met at Peace Hotel in Mogadishu said the electoral body had submitted all the elections documents including CVs of candidates and all other documents to the Speaker of the Lower House Mohamed Osman Jawaari to be kept at Parliament’s archives.