Somalia to get direct universal suffrage —at last

Somali officials announced May 28 that the country will institute a direct one-person-one-vote democracy by 2024. This comes after years of attempts to implement direct universal suffrage, first mandated by the Somali legislature in 2019, failed due to political divisions and internal conflict. State news agency SONNA called the decision an "historic turning point for the country." This new system will replace Somalia's current electoral process, in which clan elders elect delegates, who in turn elect all other regional and national political leaders.

From Jurist, May 28. Used with permission.

Note: Only some half of Somalia's claimed national territory is under the control of the official government. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's administration has made significant strides in liberating territories from the Shabaab insurgents, but it is unclear if the elections will be held in the autonomous territory of Puntland or the de facto independent Somaliland.

Somalia parliament approves bill to instate universal suffrage

The Somali parliament approved a proposal on March 30 to amend its constitution, which will overhaul its electoral system and reintroduce universal suffrage. (Jurist)

Puntland rejects Somalia constitutional reform

The autonomous region of Puntland publicly refused to recognize the latest constitutional reforms approved by the Somali parliament. Puntland authorities also announced that they are withdrawing recognition from the federal government of Somalia. (Jurist)