Hearing of speeches by candidates running for 8 seats in the Upper House of the Federal Parliament has begun in Jowhar. The eight seats will be contested by 27 candidates, five of whom are women.
Some seats are contested by men and women, while some seats are contested by 5 to four candidates each, which is very different from the previous Upper House elections in other states where most of the men and women close to the regional administrations were arrested.
President Ali Gudlawe has decided that anyone who wants to run for a qualified Upper House seat should be included in the list instead of being arrested, which has been widely welcomed by Somali election stakeholders.
Elections for the eight seats are expected to begin tomorrow, and will be voted on by members of the Hirshabelle Regional Parliament.