Two regional states are yet to conclude elections for parliamentary seats as the 31 March deadline for Somalia to conclude legislative elections lapses.
Six seats are yet to be voted in the south-central Hirshabelle state, while southern Jubbaland is yet to fill 16 seats due to an ongoing political tussle.
More than 90% of the country’s 275 MP seats have been filled and the legislators are expected to be sworn in next month.
Somalia risks losing economic and security support from regional and international partners over the consistent election delays after missing several past deadlines since February 2021.
US sanctions against unnamed individuals linked to the election delays have failed to heighten pressure on Somali authorities to finalise the legislative poll process that will pave the way for presidential elections.
Several prominent politicians have, however, declared their intention to succeed President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo whose popularity has declined since his mandate expired in February 2021.