Following an official invitation from the government of Somaliland, an Election Observation Mission (EOM) has been established to observe the presidential elections scheduled for 13 November 2017. The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU)at University College London (UCL) has been commissioned by FCO to carry out this work. The EOM is fully independent of the Somaliland authorities, and will conduct its observation activities in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, agreed at the United Nations in 2005. Michael Walls is a senior lecturer at DPU and is leading the EOM as Chief Observer. The mission will consist of a team of 60 observers including 6 members of the coordinating team. The remaining 54 team members will be short-term observers (STOs) and deployed throughout Somaliland on/ shortly before Election Day to observe voting, counting and the tabulation of results. STOs will be deployed in multi-national teams of two people, under a deployment plan developed by the EOM. We aim to achieve gender balance in our activities.
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