Delays Are the Least of Somalia’s Election Troubles

Delays Are the Least of Somalia’s Election Troubles
A woman shouts slogan during an electoral rally, Mogadishu, Somalia, Aug. 9, 2012 (AP photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh).

Voting has finally begun for the upper and lower houses of Somalia’s Federal Parliament after several delays. While both houses are due to elect a new president on Nov. 30, security and logistical challenges mean the presidential election is also likely to be postponed. In an email interview, Kenneth Menkhaus, a professor at Davidson College, discusses Somalia’s elections. WPR: How are Somalia’s elections structured, in terms of eligible voters, candidates, political parties and affiliation, and what are the major blocs or factions contesting the election? Kenneth Menkhaus: Somalia’s current elections are most accurately described as a form of indirect consociational […]

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