EISA Somalia: Electoral legal framework

EISA members with the Ad Hoc Committee

2019


Support on Electoral law draft to Parliamentary Ad hoc Committee

September 2019

On Thursday, 12 September 2019, EISA hosted the Parliamentary Ad hoc Committee mandated to prepare the electoral law expected to guide the universal suffrage elections slated for 2020/2021 in Somalia. The meeting discussed EISA's support towards the crucial mandate of the Committee.

Led by the Chairperson, Honourable Abdullahi Abukar Hagi, the Committee was taken through a presentation EISA's work EISA Somalia Country Director Mukenyi Badibanga with the Ad Hoc Committee's Chairperson Abdullahi Abukar Hagi since 2014 when EISA established its office in Somalia "EISA carries over 25 years of experience in peacebuilding processes and remains committed to its support towards a towards a democratic, unified and peaceful Somalia", mentioned Mukenyi Badibanga, EISA Somalia's Country Director.

The Committee explained its mandate while highlighting the progress made to date, welcoming EISA's support for the road ahead. "We appreciate the commitment of EISA and mostly its approach and willingness to accompany us in fulfilling the noble mandate bestowed upon us by the Parliament to work on the Electoral law, an important instrument within the Somali legal framework, to enable the conduct of the upcoming one-person-one-vote elections", mentioned Honourable Abdullahi Abukar Hagi.

Following the discussion on the nature of support and collaboration, the two parties will engage further in days to come in regard to the details of EISA's support based on the workplan of the Committee.

Support on Electoral law draft to Parliamentary Ad hoc Committee

The Parliamentary Ad hoc Committee was represented by the Chairperson, Hon. Abdullahi Abukar Hagi, the Deputy Chairperson, Hon. Mohamed Omar Eymoy, the Secretary-General, Hon. Ahmed Hagi Taaw, and Hon. Khalid M Abdulkadir.

EISA is currently implementing the programme titled "Support Towards a Democratic, Unified and Peaceful Somalia" known mostly by its short name STAND UP SOMALIA. The programme, made possible with the generous funding from the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi, aims to support state actors, the 2020/2021 electoral process, civil society organisations (CSOs), and enhance the participation of women, youth and the citizenry at large in the political processes.

Support on Electoral law draft to Parliamentary Ad hoc Committee EISA Somalia Country Director Mukenyi Badibanga leads a working session of the Ad Hoc Committee


2018


Drafting the electoral law and management framework

EISA supported a joint retreat attended by Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA), Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation (MoIFAR), the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC), and the Boundaries and Federalism Commission, at which the roles of these institutions in the democratisation process were discussed and participants agreed on points of convergence and collaboration with regard to their respective roles.

EISA assisted the Electoral Law Working Group (ELWG), the body within the ministry mandated to draft the electoral law. The Electoral Law Working Group successfully produced and submitted the draft to the Office of the Prime Minister, and it was subsequently tabled for debate in Parliament in preparation for the 2020 elections.

Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation's national dialogue on federalism

April 2018

EISA supported the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation (MoIFAR) to conduct a two-day national workshop on "state-building and federalism" on 11 and 12 April 2018 in Mogadishu. The workshop drew 110 participants from Federal level institutions, including the Office of the President, Office of the Prime Minister, relevant ministries from the Federal Member State, the Boundaries and Federalism Commission, both Houses of the Parliament, and the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation officials.

The objective of the workshop was to discuss and establish co-ordination, co-operation and conflict resolution mechanisms between the Federal government and Federal Member States. The workshop covered topics such as federalism, Inter-Governmental Relations (IGR) in a federal state, international perspective on federalism, among others.

Training and capacity building for the Electoral Law Working Group staff

January/February 2018

The members of the Electoral Law Working Group (ELWG) had a working session on Sunday, 21 January 2018 in Mogadishu with the support of EISA to review their edited Roadmap 2018 of the electoral law drafting process. It was also an opportunity for them to discuss issues relevant to the electoral process, especially the electoral system and the constituency options. In order to have all the staff of the ministry on board, EISA supported an in-house workshop conducted by the Electoral Law Working Group on 22 February, during which the Electoral Law Working Group staff shared their achievements and the way forward with their colleagues.

2017


Ministry of constitutional affairs constitutional review and implementation meeting
Study tour for constitution drafting bodies

26 Nov - 1 Dec 2017

EISA organised and hosted a study tour to Johannesburg, South Africa for seven members of the three institutions mandated for the review of the Somali 2012 provisional constitution, namely the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA), the Parliamentary Oversight Committee (OC), and the Independent Constitutional Review and Implementation Commission (ICRIC). The aim of the study tour was to learn more about the drafting, outreach strategy, and implementation process of the South African post-Apartheid constitution, coupled with participation in the EISA 12 annual symposium.

The Somali team met a number of key stakeholders involved in the South African constitution review process who shared valuable insights and provided proposed interventions that can strengthen MoCA's constitution review process to ensure stakeholder buy-in.

Support to Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation election officials
Workshop for ministerial election officials

26 Sep 2017

Somalia is preparing for the universal suffrage elections scheduled for 2020 and EISA has provided support to the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation and other stakeholders since 2014. The Electoral law drafting process is still at an early stage.

In the pursuit of its programme's objectives in Somalia, EISA gathered 37 officials from all the departments of the The Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation (MOIFAR) for a workshop on September 26 in Mogadishu for a review of the Electoral Law Working Group's activities and the Way Forward.

The workshop was a response to the request from the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation for EISA to extend the training given to the Electoral Law Working Group on September 13 to the other departments of the Ministry so that the officials are at the same level of understanding of this key mandate of the Ministry.

Mr Abdullahi Mohamud Hassan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation, opened the Session by thanking EISA for its support to the Ministry and wished a fruitful discussion to all the participants

The Electoral Law Working Group (ELWG), which is tasked with overseeing the drafting of the Electoral Law, briefed participants on the ELWG's recent activities before engaging them in discussions about the way ahead. A consensus emerged that an inclusive and participatory Electoral Law drafting process should be followed and that the final result should be delivered as scheduled. EISA trained participants on the electoral cycle, the role of electoral law in post-conflict state building policy and the importance of the strategic planning in the Electoral Law drafting process. The workshop provided a simulation of the interpretation of the Electoral Law on voting-day to sustain principles discussed in different sessions. The officials that participated in the workshop described the training as invaluable.

Regional CSOs' Forum on outcome for 2016 Election
Workshop for Electoral Law Working Group

13 Sep 2017

As Somalia gears up for the universal suffrage elections in 2020, the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation appointed a working group tasked with overseeing drafting of the Electoral Law. Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation in general and Electoral Law Working Group, in particular, have embarked on a series of training workshops to build capacity and enable staff members of Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation to gain an understanding of the electoral law, electoral systems, and election process.

In support to Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation, EISA organised a preparatory workshop, held on 13 September 2017 in Mogadishu, for 37 Electoral Law Working Group core team members, to lay a foundation for ensuing Electoral Law Working Group activities. The group drafted a comprehensive 2018 road map for the electoral law drafting process and developed a public outreach programme. The agenda included the Electoral Cycle and electoral stakeholders, the instruments and benchmarks for the conduct of credible elections, and the role and importance of an electoral law.

Participants engaged in an interactive discussion on the content. Following the debate, the Gender Unit of the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation raised the importance of assuring that the electoral law strives to enhance the participation of women across the electoral cycle and not only on Election Day. EISA was thanked for its support and another workshop will be convened for a review of the activities of the Electoral Law Working Group and for EISA to extend the training to more staff members of the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation.

Civic education and public participation in the constitutional review process workshop

2015


Capacity building for the Interior Ministry

Updated Oct 2015

EISA conducted a 4 day capacity building on information sharing and management for the Federal Republic of Somalia Interior Ministry staff. The training enabled for interior staff members to gain capability of project management skills. The training was opened by the Director of the interior Minister of Somalia Mr Ali Said Xanale Abtidoon.

2014


Workshop on electoral systems conducted

EISA, along with international partners from UNSOM, Conflict Dynamics International and Interpeace, held a workshop on the different electoral systems in post-conflict countries. The workshop was held in Djibouti and attended by representatives from the Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs and the Parliamentary Committee on Elections. The workshop was aimed at sensitising the two institutions to the different electoral systems, and to encourage them to carefully consider the best option for Somalia.