As required by the Provisional Federal Constitution of Somalia and in line with the recently passed laws on the National Independent Electoral Commission and the Boundaries and Federation Commission, Somalia is now urging qualified citizens to apply for the 18 vacant seats of the National Independent Election Commission (NIEC) and the Boundaries and Federal Commission (BFC); the deadline for applications to the two Commissions has now been extended to 30th March 2015. The Minister of State from Interior and Federalism, H.E. Abdirashid Hidig, said the Federal Government is committed to ensuring that the selection process is free, fair and transparent, with a strict process involving approvals by several committees, the Federal Parliament and finally the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.
The public response to the exercise has been generally positive and by Saturday, over 150 people had sent in their application letters from in and out of Somalia.
Yahya Omar Hersi, the Ministry’s focal point for applications and Director of the Ministry of Interior and Federalism’s Department of Political Parties and Census, said the Ministry has put in measures in place to receive the applications and urged those who interested to do so before the new deadline of 30 March 2015.