Somalia: Puntland passes district electoral law
Aug 7, 2012 - 10:00:16 AM
GAROWE, Somalia Aug 7 2012 (Garowe Online) – Puntland
Parliament passed a district electoral law on Tuesday, that will begin
registering election polls in districts across Puntland, Garowe Online reports.
The parliament met at its headquarters in Garowe early
Tuesday morning to debate and vote on the proposed law.
The district electoral law states that every district in
Puntland will have elections.
Currently Puntland is made up of 37 districts; however their
boundaries have not been authoritatively proclaimed which led to discussions of
how the district elections would occur.
“The deliberations on Tuesday were to discuss how the
district electoral elections would begin when some districts’ boundaries are
not clearly defined,” said Speaker of Parliament Abdirashid Mohamed.
After a passionate debate MPs agreed initially to instate
the law in the original 21 districts during Siad Barre’s regime, while other
districts would define boundaries and hold elections at a later date.
Out of 56 MPs, 42 voted in favor of the law while 14 opposed
Although parliament passed the law on Tuesday, Abdisalan
Sheikh Mohamud Shaybe, a veteran of Puntland politics and an MP who was a pivotal
figure in lobbying to get the law passed, did not see Tuesday’s historic moment
in Puntland politics.
MP Shaybe was shot killed outside a mosque on Monday by two
assailants who escaped from the scene.
Shaybe was very vocal in transitioning Puntland politics
from clan based to a democracy based one and had swayed other MPs in parliament
to agree to setup an electoral law in districts.
Puntland Intelligence sources say that for his outspokenness
and outlook that he had been a target of Al Shabaab elements that are against
the transition to a democracy based system.
MPs in parliament on Tuesday said a prayer for MP Shaybe who
according to Speaker of Parliament Abdirashid was a “martyr” who died for a