Four women were yesterday elected to the House of the People, in the seventh day of elections held in Baidoa, the administrative capital of South West state.
Yesterday’s election brings to nine, the number of women MPs-elect from South West state in the Lower House of the federal parliament.
Among the female MPs-elect is a newcomer in politics, 27-year old Safia Hassan Noor, from Jiido clan. She scored 46 votes against her opponent Maryan Mohamed Adan.
“I’m very happy to have been elected today as a member of parliament. I hope to use my position to contribute to development of my community,” MP-elect Safia said, shortly after being declared the winning candidate.
Another MP-elect, Amina Sheikh Osman defeated 2 male opponents and a female contestant to clinch the seat, after getting 39 votes. Her closest opponent Mustaf Ahmed Lidow got only 9 votes.
An elated Amina said it was the first time in 20 years that her clan had voted a woman as Member of Parliament.
“I would like to thank my clan for the choice they made today,” Amina said.
Another female MP-elect Amina Hassan Ali got 49 votes, defeating her sole male opponent. Another woman MP-elect who triumphed at the ballot is Nadiifo Adan Isak, who got 48 votes, defeating her sole opponent Halima Hassan Mohamed.
Ambassador Salad Ali Atosh, a member of Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (FIEIT), described today’s elections of four women as a political game-changer.
“The great news is the four female MPs who got elected today; this has given us a renewed drive in ensuring the set quota is accomplished,” Ambassador Salad Ali said.
“Our teams (SIEIT, FIEIT and IERDM) are working tirelessly and late into the night to make sure we are on track in terms of our delivery.”
He commended South West state for working long hours to manage the heavy workload, which includes registering delegates from as afar as Lower Shabelle region.
South West state has to date filled 49 seats out of an allocation of 69 seats in the Lower House of the federal parliament. The SIEIT hopes that the remaining 20 seats will be filled within the next one week.