By: Mahmoud Qodah
Hargeisa (Somaliland Monitor) – Members of the House of Representatives have unanimously approved for president’s suggestion on separating presidential election from the parliamentary ballot. The president in his presidential proposition, he informed the Parliamentarians that he decided to delay parliamentary elections after taking into consideration political, constitutional and technical circumstances which made it infeasible thus may lead to the failure of both Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
In a session chaired by 1st Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Bashe Mohamed Farah, 59 members have all unanimously approved and voted yes for the president’s suggestion. The house in the meantime condemned in strong terms the recent communiqué issued in IGAD members’ summit in Mogadishu city of Somalia.
President of Somaliland Republic Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo last week issued a decision in which he delayed the Parliamentary election, as he justified that the current parliament seat allocation framework currently not technically practical and may lead to confrontation that could spoil the presidential election.
Following House of Representatives’ approval, the President submitted the decision to the Constitutional Court for review and subsequently it will go to the House of Elders for consideration.
House of Representatives’ unanimous approval for the president’s proposition is an answer to the UK On behalf Of the [US, UK, EU, UN, Sweden, Denmark] and the Somaliland Elections Donor Working Group which in a press statement expressed their concern over the President of Somaliland’s decision to delay Somaliland’s Parliamentary March 2017 elections. They Urged President Silanyo to re-think his Decision on Separation of Somaliland Elections.
Constitutional court which is also the Supreme Court which last year issued an order telling that both elections should be held concurrently in 27 March 2017, is now expected to make a review to the president’s proposition which the presidential election and parliamentary ballot have been separated.
On the other side, main opposition party, WADANI has filed a lawsuit against president’s decision as they claimed that the decision is against the previously reached consensus on elections, as such will be deemed as unlawful.