DUTIES OF THE STATE INDIRECT ELECTORAL IMPLEMENTATION TEAM (SIEIT) OF 2016 ELECTIONS
- The National Leadership Forum (NLF) released a statement on 12th April, 2016, stating that the 2016 electoral process should be uniform across states. The FIEIT and SIEIT will be responsible for the 2016 electoral process.
- The NLF decided that the SIEIT should comprise eleven (11) members for each member state of which eight (8) members will be nominated by the state governments and three (3) members to be nominated by the Federal Government.
- In order to avoid conflict of interest, FIEIT and SIEIT will be inclusive institutions of technical staff and advisors who do not hold any political positions or will be running in the 2016 election.
- SIEIT will work independently from political leaders and their institutions. SIEIT will work with FIEIT.
- At least 30% of each of the SIEITs should be women.
- Members of the SIEIT must be well respected by the society and have experience that can match academic qualifications.
- The duration of the work of the SIEIT ends after 2016 elections process.
Requirements for membership of the SIEIT in 2016
- Must be a Somali citizen of the age of not less than 25 years;
- Must be in a normal mental state and can perform as required;
- Must be well respected among society;
- Has never committed any crime and not been sentenced for the past five years;
- Does not hold any political office or position;
- Must have a minimum high school education or have a great knowledge of the Somali culture and society;
- Must obey and follow the rules of the indirect electoral process in 2016 and other laws of the country;
- Members of the SIEIT and the delegates cannot be candidates of both houses of parliament.
Requirements for the membership of delegates for the election of parliament
Following are the requirements;
- Must be a Somali citizen and from the clan which the seat belongs to;
- Must be in a normal state of mind and can assume the duties required of him or her;
- Must not be less than 18 years of age;
- Must not be a candidate in both houses of parliament;
- Must have a sound understanding of the responsibilities of the election;
- Has not been sentenced for a committed crime in the past five years;
- Must not hold a government office:
- Has no relations with terrorist organizations.
Requirements of candidates for the Federal Parliament
The requirements for the candidates for Federal Parliament are the following, as stated in article (58) of the Federal constitution;
- a) Must be a Somali citizen;
- b) Must be in a normal state of mind;
- c) Must not be less than 25 years of age;
- d) Must not be detained or sentenced in the past 5 years by any court of law;
- e) Must have a high school education or equivalent experience;
- f) Has no relations to terrorist organizations;
- g) Each candidate for the parliament and the upper house of parliament must;
- Upper house to pay $10,000;
- Candidate for parliament to pay $5000 which are registration fees, are non-refundable and will be part of the budget of the elections.
- The SIEIT must work together with the FIEIT as stated in the 2016 electoral process.
- SIEIT is responsible for the following:
- a) Working together with the FIEIT: to ensure the electoral process is uniform, when it comes to training the staff, regular and direct communication with the FIEIT;
- b) Preparing and implementation of the electoral process: such as hiring of staff , security, logistics, locations of the elections in the capital cities of each federal state;
- c) Receiving lists of delegates: Receiving lists of delegates submitted by the elders ensuring that they are inclusive of youth, civil society and at least 30% women representation. The FIEIT must oversee this process;
- d) Checking the list of delegates: The SIEIT will ensure that the list of delegates submitted by the elders is the same list that communities and sub-clans were consulted on. The FIEIT must confirm that the consultation on the list has been done;
- e) The system of nomination of candidates to the upper house: production of invitation letters, which are to be sent to the Chief Executive of the federal states in order to nominate the candidates for the upper house and receive nomination papers, and further inspection of the nomination papers (upper house) by taking into consideration the requirements of the candidates and the representation of women;
- f) Managing the registration of candidates: checking the registration of the candidate to make sure that all requirements are fulfilled by the candidates and also to ensure that there are no relations between the candidates and the delegates and terror organizations. If the SIEIT finds any error they should consult the FIEIT on how to correct it;
- g) Bringing together delegates for the voting process: the SIEIT is also responsible for conducting the voting process of the delegates.
- h) Trainings: preparing and implementing trainings/campaigns of outreach to the electoral delegates before the voting process starts;
- i) Facilitating the registration of candidates: Managing the registration of candidates of both houses of parliament, while ensuring the participation of women candidates;
- j) Managing voting, counting of votes and announcement of results: SIEIT will be tasked with managing voting, counting of votes and the announcement of election results. Counting and announcement of elections results will take place where voting is conducted. The results will be given to the FIEIT and the Executive Chief of the state.
- k) Organization and cooperation in solving disputes: SIEIT should try to resolve any dispute that might arise.
Members of the SIEIT
- SIEIT will select amongst each other a chairperson and a deputy. Decisions should be made by using majority vote system and meetings can only be held if two thirds of the members are present.