- This is a significant development as it paves the way for a more inclusive and democratic political system for the people of Somalia. For far too long, our country has suffered from an indirect electoral system that lacked transparency and accountability. However, today’s agreement marks an important step towards empowering our people to choose their own leaders through direct elections.
- The dismantling of the 4.5 system is particularly crucial as it opens the door to a more diverse and representative leadership. The new proposed system will ensure that politicians are held accountable to the people and not power brokers, thereby eliminating backdoor deals that are often based on money and clan loyalty.
- In addition to this, having a clear and stable political system is crucial in ensuring that Somalia makes progress in terms of security and accessibility of government services. In the past, the mix of both Presidential and Prime minister systems has created confusion and division amongst politicians, which has led to instability in the country. The proposed electoral model will help eliminate this ambiguity and provide a clear path for President and Vice President to be elected by the people.
- It is also important to note that the new proposed electoral model will increase the representation of women in elected positions. This is a significant step towards promoting gender equality in Somalia and is crucial in ensuring that women’s voices are heard in the political process.
- The proposed electoral model will go through the process of consultations with parliament on what elements of the provisional constitution will be added or changed.
Overall, this agreement on the electoral model marks an important development in our country’s political landscape and is a step towards a more inclusive and democratic Somalia. Our people are ready for change, and today’s agreement is an important step towards achieving this change.