Somali opposition leader faults formation of election bill committee

The leader of Somalia’s opposition Wadajir Party, Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, has faulted Parliament for the formation of an interim committee tasked with reviewing the electoral bill.

In a statement on his Facebook page, the Wadajir leader pointed out that bills should be reviewed by concerned House Committees, in this case the Internal Affairs Committee.

“Article 45 of the House of the People’s by-laws spells out the roles of House Committees. It states that bills shall be forwarded to the concerned House Committees. Similarly, Article 67 of the House by-laws states that the Internal Affairs Committee shall take the lead on the review process of an electoral bill after the Interior Ministry forwards it,” Warsame said.

He accused President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s government of attempting to extend its term in office.

“No matter the effort or the means used, the Villa Somalia leaders should understand that they will never get away with term extension. They should stop wasting their time.”

Warsame further said that the formation of this committee was aimed at usurping Parliament’s powers.

The draft electoral law in question contains an article that allows the delay of elections in the event of “difficult circumstances” in the country, paving the way for a president to extend his/her term.