SOMALIA / CONSTITUTION CONSULTATIONS

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More than 100 people attended a three-day public consultation meeting held as part of Somalia's constitutional review process which aims to replace the current Provisional Constitution, adopted in 2012, ahead of the 'one person, one vote' elections scheduled for 2020. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / CONSTITUTION CONSULTATIONS
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI / NATS

DATELINE: 17-19 FEBRUARY 2020, BAIDOA, SOMALIA


SHOTLIST:

1.Wide shot, participants listening during the public outreach event on the constitutional review process in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
2.Med shot, participants listening during the public outreach event on the constitutional review process in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
3.Med shot, officials from the federal Ministry of Justice, the federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA), the South West State Regional Administration, attend the opening of the public outreach event on the constitutional review process in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
4.Med shot, Zahra Ali Hassan, MoCA Senior Advisor, flanked by another official, listening during the public outreach event on the constitutional review process in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
5.SOUNDBITE (Somali) Abdikani Ali Adan, MoCA Public Outreach Director:
“People have expressed their views on what they would want to be considered during the review. Amongst the issues they are interested in is the drafting of the Constitution in the regional Maay dialect, and using dialogue to solve outstanding political issues before finalisation of the Constitution.”
6.Med shot, participants listening during the public outreach event on the constitutional review process in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
7.Wide shot, participants listening during the public outreach event on the constitutional review process in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
8.Close up, participant listening during the public outreach event on the constitutional review process in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
9.Med shot, Zahra Ali Hassan, MoCA Senior Advisor, and Jeylani Abdullahi Haji, Director General of the South West State Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, listening during the public outreach event on the constitutional review process in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
10.SOUNDBITE (Somali) Salima Sheikh Shueb, Women’s Groups Representative:
“The Constitution needs to be based on women’s interests. Although there is a narrative that women should have a thirty percent quota, that is not enough. We have to get fifty percent. Our representation should not be confined to government and parliament but we have to be represented everywhere, including the ministries and other government institutions.”
11. Wide shot, participants listening during the public outreach campaign on the constitutional review process in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
12. Close up, participant listening during the public outreach campaign on the constitutional review process in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
13. Med shot, official listening during the public outreach campaign on the constitutional review process in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
14. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Mukhtar Ali Isak, Representative of People with Disabilities in the South West State:
“We want people with disabilities to have the opportunity to participate in politics, with representation in political parties, local council, parliament, independent committees, and other institutions. This is our request from the federal government and the state we live in.”
15.Wide shot, participants in a group discussion during the public outreach event held in in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
16.Med shot, participants in a group discussion during the public outreach event held in in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
17.Close up, participants in a group discussion during the public outreach event held in in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
18.Med shot, group representative making his presentation after the group discussion
19. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Nurta Mohamed, Resident of the Qasab 2 Camp for Internally Displaced People (IDP):
“I would like to see changes that address our interests.”
20. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Ibrahim Sheikh Salad Isak, an Elder:
“We encourage the public to read [ the constitution] carefully, to see what concerns them and any objections they might have. Our participation will help to advance this awareness campaign about the constitution, which will determine the destiny of the people of Somalia and residents of this region.”
21. Wide shot, participants in a group discussion during the public outreach event held in in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
22. Med shot, participants in a group discussion during the public outreach event held in in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
23. Wide shot, participants in a group discussion during the public outreach event held in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
24. Med shot, participants in a group discussion during the public outreach event held in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia
25. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Hassan Moalim Ahmed Bikole, Baidoa District Commissioner:
“Your views are paramount. If you do not participate and point out what is wrong and what is right, you won’t be playing your role. You are supposed to contemplate on the constitution, and it’s your chance to participate in this national campaign and correct any mistakes so that you don’t feel excluded.”
26. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Jeylani Abdullahi, Director General of the South West State Ministry of Constitutional Affairs:
“Everyone here is representing hundreds of people from South West State that could not attend. We request you to look at the interests of the residents of South West and give your honest and unbiased views.”
27. Wide shot, participants posing for a group photo at the close of public outreach event held in in Baidoa, South West State of Somalia

STORYLINE:

More than 100 people attended a three-day public consultation meeting held as part of Somalia's constitutional review process which aims to replace the current Provisional Constitution, adopted in 2012, ahead of the 'one person, one vote' elections scheduled for 2020.

“I would like to see changes that address our interests,” Nurta Mohamed, a resident of the Qasab 2 camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), said today at a gathering in the city of Baidoa, in Somalia's South West State.

Mohamed was sharing her views on a new, permanent Constitution for her country.

Organised by the federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA), with the support of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the gathering closed today. It was attended by a range of community representatives, including clan elders, youth, women, persons with disabilities, and religious leaders.

“The people have expressed their views on what they would want to see considered during the review,” said MoCA's Public Outreach Director, Abdikani Ali Adan.

“Amongst the issues the people of South West State are interested in is having the Constitution in the regional Maay dialect and using dialogue to solve outstanding political issues before finalisation of the Constitution,” he added.

The participants exchanged views on issues pertinent to power- and resource-sharing, federalism, elections, the justice system and national security.

Inclusion of views

Speaking during the meeting, the Director-General of the South West State's Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, Jeylaani Abdullahi Haji, said the consultations were important for the inclusion of citizens’ views and concerns.

“Everyone here is representing hundreds of other people from South West State, who could not attend. We hope that the people present are going to look at the interests of the residents of the South West State and give their honest and unbiased views,” said Mr. Jeylaani.

Representing women’s groups, Salima Sheikh Shueb asked for increased female representation in elected office and public service.

“The Constitution needs to be based on women’s interests. Although there is a narrative that women should have a thirty per cent quota, that is not enough. We have to get fifty per cent. Our representation should not be confined to government and parliament but we have to be represented everywhere, including the ministries and other government institutions,” stressed Ms. Shueb.

Representing people with disabilities, Mukhtar Ali Isak said the Constitution needed to ensure their rights and participation in national development.

“We want people with disabilities to have the opportunity to participate in politics, with representation in political parties, local councils, parliament, independent committees, and other institutions. This is our request to the federal government and the federal state that we live in,” said Mr. Isak.

The Baidoa District Commissioner, Hassan Moalim Ahmed Bikole, encouraged the participants to utilise the opportunity to participate in an inclusive and transparent dialogue toward finalizing the Constitution.

“Your views are paramount. If you do not participate and point out what is wrong and what is right, you won’t be playing your role as citizens," said Mr. Bikole. "This is your chance to participate in this national campaign and correct any mistakes you see so that you don’t feel excluded."

The meeting was the second of an ongoing nationwide outreach campaign, which will cover all of Somalia's Federal Member States with the aim of enabling citizens to contribute to the Constitution-making process.
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