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Somaliland: First Thoughts of International Election Observation Team
Thursday, 29 November 2012 18:52

International Election Observers release their preliminary observations International Election Observers release their preliminary observations November 29th 2012 - First thoughts of international election observation team assembled by Progressio, DPU and Somaliland Focus (UK) for Somaliland's local council elections on November 28th

Press release

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) - The team of 50 observers from 18 countries observed voting at 20% of the more than 1,700 polling stations, visiting 15 of the 21 districts across the country where the election took place, and followed up by witnessing station counts through the evening. Team members are continuing to observe counting and tabulation ahead of final results.

The mission follows previous observations of elections in Somaliland in 2002, 2005 and 2010, which observers were able to judge free and fair. The 2010 presidential poll was especially notable for the peaceful and smooth transfer of power on the defeat of an incumbent.

This poll is especially significant in that it will shape Somaliland's political landscape by determining which three parties contest national elections for the next decade. With a fuller team assessment to come in early December, preliminary indications suggest that, despite some reports of violence, and no voting taking place in some disputed districts in the country's east, Somaliland's electorate has, once again, turned out with enthusiasm and in large numbers.

Particularly heartening has been wide participation by female voters, a boost in numbers of femMost voters are Female Most voters are Female ale candidates and, thanks to the lowering of the qualifying age, youthful candidates standing in significant numbers. However, at this interim stage, a few concerns have emerged, including, once again, apparent attempts at underage and multiple voting.

Observers have also reported excessive use of force by security forces outside polling stations in some areas; some poor organisation surrounding the electoral process, including delayed opening of polling stations; insufficient electoral materials; and technical problems with voter safeguards, such as the ink designed to prevent multiple voting.

Fuller consideration of these matters awaits our interim report. In the meantime, the team encourages Somaliland's National Electoral Commission to ensure a transparent and accurate tabulation process and declaration of final results. With the stakes so high, there is potential for post-poll disputes.

Steve Kibble, the mission's joint co-ordinator, said: "We commend the National Electoral Commission for ensuring that voting has gone ahead on November 28th as scheduled. Now we look forward to a peaceful conclusion to the process."

A press conference will be held at the Hotel Maan-Soor, Hargeisa on December 3rd at 9am



0 #9 jiiqle 2012-11-30 17:33
Good job people of somaliland. Anther step forward.
0 #8 RIDWAN ALI KULE 2012-11-30 12:26
0 #7 mohamed cheers 2012-11-30 05:46
correction another significant breakthrough for Somaliland?
+1 #6 mohamed cheers 2012-11-30 05:44
All and everything taken into account,
the democracy process once again showed
its face value with the overall polling
ended with a successful breakthrough?
Another significan breakthrough?
0 #5 Abdiwahab 2012-11-30 00:14
its expected that there will be some irregularities while we remain a poor and unrecognised nation for now but in the future we shall become the hope to a dark region inshaallah
0 #4 Gaade 2012-11-29 23:58
Soma of the problems highlighted above should be learned and ironed out for the next elections. It requires a voting awareness, training for the administration officers to spot the minors and the repeated voters. Hopefully this was not widespread. The full report will be interesting. Anyway, the election was peaceful, free and fair. Under the circumstances, there is always some problems but these are not major to take the glow out of the million and something people who voted. In every election, the roots of democracy is being planted firmly in the minds of the people and each one will be less problematic than the one before.
+1 #3 Nezhaar 2012-11-29 23:14
The people of Somaliland made everyone of us and everbody out there to be proud.
A huge turn out,
A peaceful elections.
Whether Somaliland democracy is been tested or not, they have shown the world a real effective democracy ..
0 #2 AarGalbeed 2012-11-29 21:17
Oui, le fait est, comme vous le dites, et le Somaliland est la plus belle image de la démocratie et de la sécurité tout à l'heure et pas maintenant, l'élection d'aujourd'hui est n ° 5 au Somaliland en 1991 lors d'une nouvelle déclaration d'indépendance, où il a obtenu en 1960.
0 #1 Francesco Sinibaldi 2012-11-29 19:56

comme un son
fugitif dans l'aube
de mes rêves,
comme un chant
qui revient en
donnant la lumière
et un souffle
de soleil.

Francesco Sinibaldi

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