Somalia will hold universal suffrage elections in 2026.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud confirmed to the nation that the next elections in the East African nation would be a departure from the indirect voting of the past.
“Somalia will hold one-person-one-vote (1P1V) polls the next time,” President Mohamud stated.
The country has never held such elections in over 50 years.
Somalia held its last elections in 2022 also through indirect voting.
The next polls take place in May 2026.
The regional state of Puntland was the only one among the Federal Member States (FMS) to hold the 1P1V polls.