Category: Policy/Governance

International Observers Congratulate Somalilanders as Supreme Court Announces Final Eesults

(29 November 2017) International Observers: Somaliland’s Supreme Court yesterday upheld the preliminary results of the presidential election, originally released by the National Electoral Commission on 21 November. That decision confirms Mr. Muse Bihi Abdi, leader of Kulmiye Party, as the president-elect. The international election observation mission (EOM) congratulates all Somalilanders, including Mr Bihi and the other candidates, on the conclusion of the electoral process.

Says Dr Michael Walls, chief observer of the EOM:

“We congratulate the new president, and are pleased that, after some post-poll tensions, political parties have followed legal channels in confirming the election result, which has now been accepted by all candidates. We applaud political leaders on all sides for their public statements stressing the importance of the gains made by Somaliland to date. Somalilanders have once again shown their strong commitment to peaceful electoral democracy and we look forward to a continuation of that process as we now look toward the much-delayed parliamentary elections, scheduled to be held in tandem with local council polls in 2019.”

The EOM, which was funded by the British government and included 60 observers from 27 countries, observed the election at the invitation of the National Electoral Commission ( NEC) . The mission, led by the Development Planning Unit (DPU) at University College London (UCL), and Somaliland Focus UK, observed 350 polling stations and tallying centres across Somaliland’s six regions on polling day.

The EOM was able to report a largely peaceful and well-organised polling day in areas observed, albeit with some concerns. We noted at the time that irregularities observed were not of sufficient scale to have impacted the final result.

Throughout the election period, Somalilanders demonstrated their support for the rule of law and constitutional process, voting peacefully and in significant numbers, and we applaud this ongoing commitment to peaceful participation in an impressively open electoral system.


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Public Perception of Female Lawyers in Hargeisa, Somaliland

By Maria Gaheir

INTRODUCTION:

The road to success for Somaliland’s female lawyers was not easy; until very recently there were no female lawyers in the field. Until 2007, Ifrah Aden Omar was the sole practicing female lawyer in Somaliland. She currently heads the first Women Lawyers Association (SWLA) not only in Somaliland but also in Somalia. It was established in Somaliland with the help of the United Nations Development Program in 2008 (UNDP 2008). Continue reading “Public Perception of Female Lawyers in Hargeisa, Somaliland”

Peace in Somaliland: An Indigenous Approach to State-Building

Burao, Borama, and Sanaag Conferences

 

Rebuilding a country after conflict is about far more than repairing damaged buildings and re-establishing public institutions. Fundamentally, it is about rebuilding relationships at all levels, restoring the people’s trust and confidence in governance systems and the rule of law, and providing the population with greater hope for the future. These processes are all critical to the consolidation of peace and security in fragile post-conflict situations. When they are neglected, the threat of conflict re-emerging is very real. In this sense, Continue reading “Peace in Somaliland: An Indigenous Approach to State-Building”

Clan Democracy in Somaliland: Prospects and Challenges

By: Hamse Khayre

Since Somaliland withdrew from its union with Somalia in 1991 a nascent democratic system have been implemented. The national charter approved soon after the union withdrawal established a government where the power sharing system was based on clan lines. Subsequently, the constitution of the republic, which was approved by a unanimous national referendum in 2001, stipulates that from the date of approval of the constitution the country directly transfers to a multiparty democratic system instead of a clan system. Continue reading “Clan Democracy in Somaliland: Prospects and Challenges”

Somalilanders Look Forward to the Republic’s Third National Presidential Election

PRESS RELEASE
5 September 2017, London

With just over two months until the Republic of Somaliland’s sixth nationwide election, British-Somalilanders across the UK are preparing to support the democratic process in their second home country. The presidential election, scheduled for 13 November 2017, will be the country’s third, after those that took place in 2010 and 2003. Other popular elections have included those of the Somaliland House of Representatives in 2005 and two nationwide local elections held in 2002 and 2012. Continue reading “Somalilanders Look Forward to the Republic’s Third National Presidential Election”

The Role of Telecommunications in State-building

By: Mustafe Adam Muse

The telecom industry has become a key global element in economic development of many countries in the world. Since the last decades, many unprecedented innovations in the field of communication have been taking place across the world of which the most striking and most celebrated has been the aspect of mobile technology. Fortunately, Somaliland is among the countries that have been attending and benefiting from the advancement in the telecommunications sector. This research explores the role of telecommunications in state building process. In particular, this case will revolve around the impact of Telesom, a privately owned and operated Company, on state-building in Somaliland. Continue reading “The Role of Telecommunications in State-building”