MOGADISHU (Halbeeg News) – Somali Prime Hassan Ali Kheire has said his government launched the Strategic Plan outlining a roadmap for achieving ‘one-person, one-vote’ elections in 2020 in Somalia.
In a meeting on Inclusive Political Process in Somalia, Mr. Kheire called on International partners to support Somalia materialising the strategic plans to hold universal suffrage (the right to vote of all adults) after 52 years.
“Economic reforms and your (International community) support has led Somalia to get direct budget support, I appreciate that, I think if we jointly focus on inclusive political, we would achieve another progress,” he said.
Khaire said there was a need to finalize the constitutional process to unify the country and deliver a new document for posterity.
“Somalia needs Constitution to accomplish the movement towards one-person-one-vote to give the population an opportunity to pick leaders of their choice,” Mr. Kheire said.
Somalia is currently governed by a Provisional Constitution, adopted on August 1, 2012, after years of conflict.
The horn of African nation has so far held three polls which the Somalis are yet to cast any ballots.
The country has relied on a clan-based formula in which the lawmakers were selected by the clan elders, and then the legislators elect the president.