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HOW ASPIRANTS OF SOMALIA’S PARLIANENT MEMBERSHIP CONDUCT THEIR ELECTION CAMPAIGNS?

By Ismail Warsame
Opinion Columnist

Most of them act like busy bodies (seem to be doing something), mainly spreading the word that they are candidates. Those seeking re-election are more experienced and strategic in their approaches. They have more connections in trying to secure support and fund-raising. They have personal experiences and knowledge of presidential candidates. Over the past four years, they have been maintaining cordial communications with their respective constituencies and traditional elders. They have personal advantages of story-telling about Mogadishu politics and emphasize more about the importance of re-election rather than sending someone new to the corruption-infested political schemes of the Capital City

Depending how successful someone’s fundraising is, many are afraid of over-bidding. All of them are bit shacken by the fear of potentially losing out to others in the stiff competion for favors from the elders in their respective sub-clan system. What worries them most are the reports on some traditional elders already succumbing to Farmajo corruption in buying elders’ loyalty to promote favorable candidates in the selection process involving delegates. If true, this is the height of political corruption in the country and dangerous new developments in this election cycle.

Those aspiring to be senators in the Upper Chamber of the Federal Parliament are busy securing appointments with heads of FMSs, cabinet members and members of regional House of Representatives. They are after anyone of some influence to get those appointments. That is why personalities within the circles of influence are trying to avoid contacts with these Federal Parliament candidates in the fear of persistent requests for vetting, personal recommendations and influence-peddling with the state presidents. It is difficult time for everybody in town.

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