STORY: Preparations for Somalia’s

2016
electoral
process
gather
momentum
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DATELINE:
21/09/2016,
BAIDOA,
MOGADISHU
SOMALIA
SHOT LIST.
1. Establishment shot of town with supporters of
parliamentary candidate are gathered under a tree
2. Medium shot of Somali women dancing in a circle
3. Medium shot of one of the supporters dancing
4. Medium shot of Somali women dancing in a circle
5. Wide shot of registration of electoral college
delegates at the Statehouse of the Interim Southwest
Administration
6. Medium shot of electoral college delegate and
electoral official
7. Medium shot of one of the electoral officials
interacting with electoral college delegates
8. Close up shot of a voter’s hand filling the registration
form.
9. SOUNDBITE (SOMALI): SIID ALI ABUKAR DEPUTY HEAD OF REGISTRATION FOR INTERIM
SOUTHWEST ADMINISTRATION STATE INDIRECT
ELECTORAL IMPLEMETATION TEAM (SIEIT)
“We have provided orientation to traditional
elders on the criteria for selecting the
delegates. So far, we have received lists of
many delegates who will vote in MPs from their
respective clans. The team is continuously
reviewing delegates submitted to ensure the
criteria agreed upon have been met”

10.
Medium shot of an electoral official talking to
elderly voter who has gone to register.
11.
Medium shot of one of the female electoral
officials typing away on her laptop at the registration
center.
12.
SOUNDBITE (SOMALI): SAMRA IBRAHIM
OMAR - FEMALE PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE
“My motivation to run for a parliamentary seat
emanates from the push to have women in
Somalia get 30 percent of the parliamentary
seats. The Interim South West Administration
(ISWA) has shown no objection to seeing it
through. I hope to win my seat.”
13.
Medium shot of several women admiring one of
the female candidates’ election poster on the wall.
14.
Medium shot of one of the female supporters
holding the election poster of her candidate.
15.
Medium shot of one of the female supporters
holding the election poster of her candidate.
16.
SOUNDBITE (SOMALI): SUBAIDA HAJI
MOHAMED MUKTAR - FEMALE PARLIAMENTARY
CANDIDATE
“Today I am in Baidoa campaigning for a
parliamentary seat. I have met with my clan
elders, as well as the youth, and I believe they
will support women’s bid for parliamentary
seats and in government.”
17.
Medium shot of Omar Mohamed Abdulle, the
Chairman of Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation
Team (FIEIT) as he walks with the Somali Police Force
Commissioner Mohamed Sheikh Hamud, outside Gen.
Kaahiye Police Academy in Mogadishu.
18.
SOUNDBITE (SOMALI): OMAR MOHAMED
ABDULLE - THE CHAIRMAN OF FEDERAL INDIRECT
ELECTORAL IMPLEMENTATION TEAM (FIEIT).
“The electoral process is still on schedule and
we are hoping to stay on course. There are
some issues and decisions that should have
been resolved but are still outstanding. The
issue of establishing an electoral dispute

resolution committee has been resolved but
there are other outstanding matters. For
example, the deployment of AMISOM troops to
Cadaado, Somaliland’s lack of preparedness for
the electoral process and identifying an
electoral center for Hiiraan and Middle
Shabelle regions. Those are technical issues
that require political decisions, and which are
under consideration.”
19.

Wide shot of Gen. Kaahiye Police Academy in

Mogadishu

STORY

Preparations for Somalia’s 2016 electoral process
gather pace
BAIDOA, MOGADISHU, 21 September 2016 –
Preparations for the 2016 electoral process are picking up
as
Somalia
prepares
to
choose
parliamentary
representatives, in an exercise that will culminate in a
presidential poll in late October.
Candidates for seats in the lower house of the country’s
next federal parliament have already hit the ground
running, drumming up support among clan elders,
religious leaders and other influential members of their
communities.
A visit to some of the country’s major cities shows that
electoral process preparations are now in full swing.
In
Baidoa,
candidates
campaigning
for
various
parliamentary seats have erected posters in an effort to
win the backing of clan elders and electoral college
delegates.
Subaida Haji Muktar, a female candidate for parliament, is
readying herself for the process. A newcomer to politics,

Ms Muktar says education, job creation and women’s
health will be her key priorities if elected.
Another female candidate named Samra Ibrahim Omar
cited the 30 per cent quota for women in both houses of
the next federal parliament as one of her motivations to
join politics, and she urged women to take up the
leadership challenge.
According to Siid Ali Abukar, the Deputy Head of
Registration of the State Indirect Electoral Implementation
Team (SIEIT), for the Interim Southwest Administration
(ISWA), the registration of electoral college delegates is
proceeding smoothly.
“We have already provided orientation to traditional elders
on criteria for selecting the delegates. We have also
received lists of many delegates who will elect the
members of parliament from their respective clans. The
team is continuously reviewing delegates submitted to
ensure the criteria agreed upon have been met”, Mr
Abukar said.
The electoral process regulations stipulate that 275
electoral colleges consisting of 51 delegates each will
choose members of the lower house of parliament.
Sixteen of the 51 delegates are supposed to be women, 10
will be youths and the remaining 25 will be drawn from the
wider community, including members of civil society.
State assemblies will elect most of the 54 members of the
upper house of parliament.
Suldan Warsame Suldan Alio Ibrow, one of the 135
traditional elders charged with selecting electoral college
delegates, said the main thrust has focused on ensuring
that the 30 per cent quota for women’s representation in
parliament is achieved.
“The traditional elders welcomed the international
community, the Federal Government and the National
Leadership Forum’s push for the 30 per cent quota for
women. As a result, of every three seats allocated to each
clan, one will automatically be contested by women only,”
explained Mr. Ibrow.

Mr Abukar said venues have been identified where the
electoral colleges will meet and adequate security put in
place.
“Election venues and security plans have all been firmed
up. ISWA authorities are very much focused to ensure
elections are held. Despite time constraints, everything is
going well and on track. We are positive that we will have
a successful process,” he added.
In Mogadishu, the head of the federal body charged with
oversight of the electoral process has made assurances
that the process will stay on course, despite a few still
unresolved issues.
“The electoral process is still on schedule. The issue of
establishing an electoral dispute resolution committee has
been resolved but there are other outstanding matters.
For example, the deployment of AMISOM troops to
Cadaado, Somaliland’s lack of preparedness for the
electoral process and identifying an electoral center for
Hiiraan and Middle Shabelle regions. Those are technical
issues that require political decisions, and which are under
consideration,” said Omar Mohamed Abdulle, the
Chairman of the Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation
Team (FIEIT), during a visit to a police academy in
Mogadishu.
Sixty-nine Federal MPs will be chosen in Baidoa, while the
remaining 206 MPs will be selected in Garowe, Kismaayo,
Mogadishu, Cadaado and a yet-to-be-identified location in
Hiiraan and Middle Shabelle regions.
A total of 14,025 electoral college delegates drawn from
various segments of Somali society will elect the 275
legislators for the lower house of parliament.
END