The tallying of votes after national elections in Kenya has kicked off, and the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is posting updates live on its website. Local media outlets are providing breathless coverage, as well explanations of how the… Read More ›
Power Struggles Hamper Anti-Corruption Efforts in Somalia Elections
Somalia’s National Leadership Forum (NLF) is expected to make a series of important decisions that will address disputes in the electoral process and ultimately delay the presidential vote for a fourth time. To date, the process has been marred by… Read More ›
ELECTION UPDATE: Somalia Begins Selection of its Next Government
Somalia’s electoral process involves three main phases: the selection of the Upper House, the Lower House, and the president, who will nominate the Prime Minister. This week, the country kicked off Upper House elections — the first of its kind… Read More ›
Step-by-Step Guide: How to Run for President in Somalia
Election season in Somalia is in full swing. Polls have encountered multiple delays, but this has not stopped candidates — ranging from those looking to boost their resume and public profile to serious contenders — from engaging in a carefully scripted public flirtation… Read More ›
Somalia’s Electoral Crisis Divides Optimists and Pessimists
Somalia’s Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (FIEIT) claimed in a press conference this week that elections were on course not to be delayed again, despite concerns to the contrary. The 2016 electoral process will be held on time, according to… Read More ›
Analysis: Cracks Already Starting to Form in Somalia’s New Electoral Deal
Somalia’s National Leadership Forum (NLF) released a communique outlining the schedule for delayed elections and further details on technical aspects of the alternative process that was developed after one person-one vote elections were called off for this election cycle. Selection of… Read More ›
Leaders Debate Technicalities, Women’s Rights, and Clan Issues for Somali Elections
After abandoning one person-one vote elections last year, Somalia’s National Leadership Forum (NLF) produced an important set of results in Baidoa to determine the technicalities of its alternative electoral process. Leaders agreed on members of the National Traditional Forum —… Read More ›
Is Somalia’s Parliament Trying to Extend the Government’s Mandate?
Somalia’s parliament has paved the way to extend the government’s mandate amid concerns that the country will not hold elections scheduled for August and September 2016 on time. Goobjoog reports: Somali Federal Parliament has on this Wednesday made [a] crucial… Read More ›
Can Kenya Make Electoral Reforms Without Violence?
Since late April, Kenya’s opposition has staged weekly protests across the country against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), whose leadership has been fighting off credibility concerns for years. At least three people allegedly have been shot dead by police in… Read More ›
Analysis: Puntland and the Somali Government Reach an Election Deal. What’s Next?
This week, the Somali government and Puntland agreed on a basic framework for elections. The deal comes after months of disagreement between the government and regional leaders on how Somalia could hold a transition process at the end of the… Read More ›
Analysis: What is a “Fair” 2016 Election Model for Somalia?
Last week, the federal government of Somalia (FGS) published its plan for a 2016 election format after the effort to institute one person-one vote polls was deferred to 2020. The FGS released a communique at the conclusion of the most recent round of negotiations that acknowledged… Read More ›
UPDATE: Somalia Discusses Complicated Next Steps for 2016 Elections
From 19-20 October, Somalia held the next phase of its National Consultative Forum (NCF) in order to determine an election format for 2016. The event came after international and Somali officials previously declared that one person-one vote polls were not… Read More ›
Analysis: Somalia’s Hopes for 2016 Elections Hang In the Balance
Last week, Somalia formed a National Consultative Forum (NCF) tasked with deciding a format for next year’s parliamentary and presidential elections. Earlier this year on several occasions, Somali and foreign officials made it clear that one person-one vote elections were… Read More ›