VOA Poll Shows Somalis Want Vote on Constitution
According to a recent Voice of America press release, “a Voice of America telephone survey in Somalia shows a majority of those polled want a national referendum on the draft constitution that will soon be considered by a select group of community elders.”
- Low-cost innovation: VOA used pre-existing, open-source software to create and carry out the poll.
- Mobile-friendly: 3,000 Somalis agreed to voice their opinions via mobile technology (SMS)
- Closing gender and age gaps: Both men and women, young and old, are in favor of direct voting privileges versus a traditional elder voting system
- Actionable data: Using the survey’s data, policymakers have plans to submit the document to be considered by a Constituent Assembly and eventually by Somalia’s new permanent Parliament.
- Cultural evolution: Most Somalis said they wanted Sharia law and a strong central government, but that they would like to have freedom of expression–including freedom of the press and media.
- Country-wide participation: The survey included people from all around the country–and also the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.
- Interactivity: VOA’s Somali Service published parts of the proposed constitution on its website. Every Sunday evening, VOA invites listeners to call in and debate the issues on live radio.
For more information, please visit:
- VOA Poll Shows Somalis Want Vote on Constitution
- Survey Shows Somalis Have Mostly Shared Vision of Future
- Survey Results (in Somali)
- VOA Somali Service’s info on key segments of the constitution (in Somali)
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