Somaliland: Hamari in Abrupt Resignation as NEC Chair


Commissioner Hamari

By: Yusuf M Hasan

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The National Electoral Commission-NEC has termed its outgoing chairman as a committed and diligent commissioner.

The abrupt resignation of Commissioner Isse Yusuf Mohamed ‘Hamari’ as chair of the Somaliland electoral body was revealed in a press statement released and signed by all the seven members of the body including Hamari.

“Having unanimously agreed to the resignation request of Commissioner Hamari on personal grounds we have elected as his replacement Commissioner Mohamed Ahmed Hirsi Gelle” read the NEC statement

Hamari reportedly resigned on the 20th April and replaced the same day after convincing NEC of personal matters that are impinging on his leadership of the Somaliland election body.

Though he steps down from the post of chairman that he possess for over five years Hamari shall retain membership of the body thence continue serving the Somaliland democratization process as a NEC Commissioner.

The NEC press statement read in verbatim

Quote- The National Election Commission hereby informs all citizens of somaliland, the government, national political parties and local as well as international election stakeholders that as from 22nd April 2014 that

NEC Comissioners

I. The Somaliland National Election Commission-NEC has accepted a letter of resignation dated 20th April 2014 which cited personal reasons by the Chairman Commissioner Isse Yusuf Mohamed

II. Having unanimously agreed to the resignation of its chairman, NEC extends its gratitude’s to the outgoing chair for his dedication and diligence to the democratization process of the republic of Somaliland.

III. To this effect and from the 21st April 2014 the new chairman of NEC is Commissioner Mohamed Ahmed Hirsi Gelle who assumes the position upon unanimous decision of the entire Somaliland electoral body.


1. Commissioner Mohamed Ahmed Hirsi Gelle- Chairman

2. Commissioner Kadar Hasan Osman-Deputy chair

3. Commissioner Isse Yusuf Mohamed ‘Hamari’-Member

4. Commissioner Abdirahman Mohamed Ismail- Member

5. Commissioner Abdifatah Ibrahim Hasan-Member

6. Commissioner Raabi Abdi Mohamed-Memebr

7. Commissioner Farah Abiib Aden Farah-Member

Allaa mahad Leh

Abdirahman Saeed Yusuf

Director General

National Election Commission