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Somaliland: NEC Requests for Establishment of a Voters Register
Saturday, 09 March 2013 22:34

By: Yusuf M Hasan

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The national election Commission-NEC wants a voter register in place before planned 2014 parliamentary elections.

In a letter submitted to the head of state requesting presidential intervention and action as pertains to establishment of a voters register, NEC informed that the absence of the register shall constraint forthcoming elections.

The NEC letter that was submitted to president Silanyo a day before his departure for an official visit to Turkey and copied to the three national political parties of UCID, Wadani and Kulmiye as well as the Guurti and House of representatives the two chambers of parliament read:

Quote- "As you are all aware, legal arrangements put in place require that the next elections in the country must utilize a voter's register.

In this context the National Election Commission wishes to inform all stakeholders namely the government, Political parties and Election donors that it is imperative for the registration of voters to be implemented as soon as possible.

To theses effect NEC wishes to inform that it requires the expedited availability of necessary funds in order to facilitate the procurement of relevant equipment, logistics and recruitment of an expert thus establish an apposite register of voters as required by law, prior to the 2014 parliamentary elections- Unquote

The voters register utilized during the 2010 presidential elections was scrapped after some amendments to the election law were approved by both chambers of parliament in 2011 and early 2012.

The absence of a voters register is attributed to the never ending disputes of the 28th Nov 2012 local council elections that have continued to embroil the country in one form or another four months after elections.



-2 #4 Nezhaar 2013-03-10 17:02
You've said all & that will be a great favor if they resign..
+2 #3 mohamed cheers 2013-03-10 10:28
This is the beginning of doing the right stuff by the NEC. This time around a new tender board should be setup by the Govt under the direct supervision of the NEC or the Autonomy Govt agency supervises the tendering process. In this case, the Agency would co-ordinate the tender setup procedures for the Govt and the NEC. Between the NEC and the Govt Tender agency,the leverages responsibility should be sorted out but the NEC should deal with the Govt and the political parties, Media etc etc. Am aware that many local contractors who were deprived despite being the top fully qualified upfront runners during the Rayaale Govts due to corruptions and nepotism that watergated. Therefore, the establishment of any new voter registrations as proposed by the NEC should be tendered out and the selections of the local contractor(s) winning the contract should be fully qualified and be free from the dirty corruptions of despotism and nepotism of the past etc. The NEC are the most qualified to remain in office for as long as it takes and disrupting with new replacements would only cause turmoil and disorder. Good news and good luck.
Somaliland is really catching up with the ladders of unique democratizations.
-2 #2 Ali Madoobe 2013-03-10 09:43
The NEC would do the country a great favor if they all resign and leave the task for a fresh new commission. That is of essence and they should quit ASAP so their replacement will have time to get training both inside and outside the country.

They should realize they can not be trusted after having created the mess the country is in today. Above everything else young men were killed as a result of the elections they have rigged. They are guilty of criminal acts in the eyes of public opinion.
+1 #1 Ngonyo wa Mwavuo 2013-03-10 00:56
NEC should have one voters registry and have this update continuously. Instead of having multiple registry every-time there is an election. Once a persons has voted in an election, be it a municipal or for electing the president this data should be captured and saved.And updated whenever there is a need.

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