Successive Puntland administrations, however, abysmally failed in the “Democratization Process” mandated for every elected leader, save the founding administration of 1998. Puntland failed to extirpate itself from the founding clan power-sharing arrangement, which is increasingly becoming a recipe for election violence disharmony and a threat to peace, security and unity.
Of particular disappointment in Puntland State of Somalia is the legacy of last Puntland Election in January 8, 2014, when the incumbent administration was installed amid dangerous electoral tension with a narrow minority mandate, and on a strong pledge by its Leader, Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali (Gaas), to work towards multi-party Municipal and State elections by suffrage through “One Person One Vote” in 2019. It is unfortunate that we have to repeat that painful exercise one more time in 2019 Puntland Presidential Election.
The people of Puntland State of Somalia want and expect from their leaders, from now on, to solemnly commit themselves to:
Lberating occupied parts of Puntland, strethening of unity and deepening peace and security in the State.
Fighting against corruption in all its manifestations.
Fostering socio-economic and socio-political performance and progress in both public and private sectors, while introducing and maintaining public policy initiatives and regulations for rigorous fiscal responsibility.
Enlisting political pluralism, starting preparatory work from day one of the new mandate.
Improving cooperation with the FGS and playing leadership role in strenthening federalism and constitutionality of Federal public institutions and operations.
The people of Puntland has been showing extreme patience for too long as they suffer under false promises and pledges on better lives by unscrupulous politicians and leaders. The time has come to demand accountability from Puntland political establishment.
A POLITICAL PLATFORM of a candidate is necessary and important to electors to know. A candidste must have a political program and a conviction to put this into actionable pledges. Ordinary person in the street should be able to know what that aspirant to public office stands for. People are tired of entertaining someone’s wish to be president without plan for action after election.
By Ismail H. Warsame