Political activities in the city today intensified with campaigning and political drum beatings by two dozens of presidential aspirants, all eyeing for the country’s top seat, the first of its kind since 1991 when the country plunged in chaos following the fall of Siad Barre led central government.
The spokesman for the newly approved electoral commission Osman Libah Ibrahim told Suntimes that today (Sunday 9thSeptember 2012) marks the last day of any political campaign in the country as polls are expected to open Monday morning.
Presidential aspirants have until today to sell their ideas and manifestos to the more than 200 MPs who will elect a new president among the 25 qualified candidates seeking for the presidency.
The new leader will then appoint a prime Minister to form a cabinet.
Ibrahim says they have already put in place favorable environment that will allow the elections to take place in peaceful manner including tough security measures.
Several political rallies are now reportedly taking place in Mogadishu, with each candidate trying to convince electorates to vote for him as he will bring change to the country.
The presidential election has been delayed several times, having already missed the UN-set August 20 deadline.
Winning presidential candidate must garner at least two-thirds of the total votes cast-otherwise the top four candidates will go into a second round, with a third round of the final two, where the winner is selected by a simple majority.
The upcoming Monday’s presidential election will be a historic one as this will be the first election of its kind ever to be held in Mogadishu since the collapse of Somalia’s central government in 1991.
Several attempts to safe the country from anarchy has failed in the past due to what Somalis themselves termed it “foreign interference” in every attempt.