Somalia Says One-Man-One-Vote Not Possible in 2016 National Poll

Somalia’s national leaders will be chosen by delegates during elections scheduled for August because the electoral commission does not have the capacity to conduct a nationwide poll, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud said.

Universal suffrage will only be possible at the next elections in 2022, he said in an e-mailed statement. Mohamoud was elected president in a secret ballot vote by lawmakers in September 2012.

“We recognize that one‐person-one‐vote elections will not be possible this year,” Mohamoud said. “We commit to undertake all efforts to deliver an electoral process in August 2016.”

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