Somali Leaders Strike Elections Deal

By Aggrey Mutambo

An Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) official shows a woman how to cast her vote during the Kenyan general elections at the Girgir primary school in Archers Post, Isiolo County in northern Kenya March 4, 2013. Polling stations opened up to Kenyans on Monday for a tense presidential election that will test whether the east African nation can repair its damaged reputation after the tribal blood-letting that followed a 2007 poll. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (KENYA - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS) ORG XMIT: SIN801
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Somalia’s political leaders have finally agreed on a poll model that involves electoral caucuses.

As part of the agreement, each Caucus of 301 delegates will elect an MP who will get a seat in parliament. These MPs will, in turn, elect a President.

The delegates will be nominated jointly by national and federal state electoral bodies.

However, this deal will have to be approved by the Lower House (House of the People) of Parliament.

Jubbaland and Puntland State leaders stayed way from the meeting in Dhusamareb, the capital of Galmudug state.

Hirshabelle, Galmudug, South West and Benadir leaders signed the document alongside Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.

Source: Daily Nation

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