Somali parliamentary election, 1969

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Parliamentary elections were held in Somalia on 26 March 1969. A total of 64 parties contested the election, many of which had been formed shortly beforehand.[1] The result was a victory for the Somali Youth League (SYL), which won 73 of the 123 seats. In total, 27 parties won seats, but immediately after the elections, most of the MPs for the smaller parties joined the Somali Youth League. The SYL held 109 seats by the end of May, in addition to being in a coalition with the Somali National Congress. This, in turn, gave the SYL control of 120 of the 123 seats.[2]

Electoral system[edit]

The electoral system used was a mixture of single-member plurality and party-list proportional representation. There were 48 electoral districts. In ten of them, only one member was elected, and thus the single-member plurality system was used. In the remaining districts, seats were distributed using party-list proportional representation and the Hare quota. The average number of members elected in a multi-member district was approximately three.[3]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Somali Youth League 260,046 33.24 73 +4
Somali National Congress 77,339 9.89 11 –11
Somali Democratic Union 46,064 5.89 2 –13
Popular Movement for Democratic Action 42,629 5.45 2 New
Somali African National Union 42,006 5.43 6 +1
Somali Socialist Party 31,058 3.97 2 New
Somali Independent Constitutional Party 27,681 3.54 8 –1
Liberal Party of Young Somalis 25,639 3.28 3 +2
Revolutionary Socialist Workers Party 16,742 2.14 1 New
United Somali Party 13,942 1.78 0 –1
Ururka Dadka Dalka 13,543 1.73 1 New
Somali National Solidarity Party 12,269 1.57 1 New
Somali People's Movement Party 8,531 1.09 2 New
Somali United Party 7,923 1.01 1 New
Muslim Democratic Party 6,655 0.85 1 New
Somali Republican party 6,240 0.80 0 –1
Ubah Party 5,912 0.76 1 New
Somali National League 5,404 0.69 1 0
All Somali Association 5,395 0.69 1 New
Somali Danwadag Union Party 5,389 0.69 1 New
Somali Labour Party 5,122 0.65 1 New
Progressive Socialist Union 4,426 0.57 1 New
Organisation of Somali Unity 4,353 0.56 1 New
Somali National Movement 4,290 0.55 0 –1
Worker's and People's Democratic Party 3,524 0.45 1 New
Somali African Democratic Party 3,471 0.44 1 New
Somali National Union Manifesto 2,908 0.37 1 New
Somali Amalgamation Party 2,870 0.37 1 New
Partito Guistizia e Liberta 2,305 0.29 1 New
Somali Democratic Party 2,293 0.29 1 New
Other parties (34) 86,265 10.90 0
Invalid/blank votes 97,320
Total 879,554 100 123 0
Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union

References[edit]

  1. ^ Somalia Inter-Parliamentary Union
  2. ^ Elections in Somalia African Elections Database
  3. ^ Somalia Inter-Parliamentary Union