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December 31, 2012

“The Government of Somaliland congratulates its people on successful local elections” Press Release


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“The Government of Somaliland congratulates its people on successful local elections” Press Release

Somaliland

The Government of the Republic of Somaliland welcomes the outcome of Somaliland’s November 28th local elections, our latest in a series of several presidential, parliamentary and local elections stretching back to 2002.

Following a successful period of peaceful campaigning and voting in which the country’s hard-won 21 years of stability was maintained, the election results have finally been tabulated and verified. We would like to congratulate all the local counselors, mayors and governors on their successes, while also commending those who have lost for respecting the results and maintaining the dignity of the country’s democratic process. We echo the praise of the international election observers of our people’s sincere commitment to democracy.

The government and the people of Somaliland would like to thank international donors, implementing organisations and election observers for again showing their commitment to assisting our country’s consolidation of democracy. Such financial and technical support was crucial to the peaceful and smooth completion of the elections, and we hope such support will only continue in advance of Somaliland’s upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.

Our democratic path continues to stand out as a shining example of the democratic potential inherent to the peoples of the Horn of Africa and the continent as a whole, and we have seen encouraging progress in many areas, such as the increased participation of youth and women as voters and candidates and the use of the judicial system to resolve electoral disputes. But as democratic practices become further institutionalized, new challenges will unavoidably arise, and our people must be brave and spirited enough to learn from those challenges.

We therefore take heed and are prepared to address the recommendations of the international election observers to put in place a robust and effective voter/citizen registration system to guarantee the integrity of each and every vote. Our government institutions and civil society organisations are already exploring ways to make this a reality. We call on the international community to support these efforts.

With each passing election, Somaliland’s commitment to stability, peace, democracy and the fight against extremism becomes more evident. Underpinning this commitment is the Somaliland people’s belief that to compromise these values would be to not only undermine the country’s potential for development and growth, but also create a setback in the efforts of neighboring countries and the international community in reestablishing peace throughout the Horn of Africa.

Press Office Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

 

July 30, 2010

VIDEOS: How Kenyan TVs Reported “Inauguration Of Somaliland New President” 2010


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VIDEOS: How Kenyan TV’s Reported “Inauguration Of New Somaliland President” 2010

1) Kenyan NTV Report: Somaliland Democracy in the horn 2010

2) Kenyan KTN TV Report on Somaliland New President  Inauguration 2010

July 8, 2010

VIDEO:UK Prime Minister David Cameron Somaliland Election “genuine democracy”.


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VIDEO:UK Prime Minister David Cameron Somaliland Election “genuine democracy”.

In response to a question about Somaliland asked by former Welsh first minister Alun Michael Member of Parliament (MP) for Cardiff South and Penarth(Labour MP). Mr Cameron says the new government there is the result of an election carried out under a system of “genuine democracy”.

 

 

 

July 7, 2010

U.S. Congratulates Somaliland on Election Proceedings


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U.S. Congratulates Somaliland on Election Proceedings

U.S. Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya

U.S. Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya

Press Release
Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Nairobi, July 7, 2010 – The United States government commends the people of Somaliland, the National Electoral Commission (NEC), and the political parties for conducting a peaceful election on June 26. Reports indicate that the election proceedings were generally peaceful and orderly.

The high voter turnout indicates that the citizens of Somaliland are determined to exercise their rights. Observers indicate that the June 26 election process was largely free and fair.

The election marks an important milestone for the people of Somaliland. We congratulate the winner and commend the other candidates for their statesmanlike acceptance of the results.

The United States urges the people of Somaliland to sustain their efforts to see this process through to a peaceful conclusion, with the swearing-in of the winner in approximately thirty days.

July 1, 2010

Breaking News:Muj.Ahmed M. Mahamoud ‘Silanyo’ the new Elected President of Somaliland


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Muj.Ahmed M. Mahamoud ‘Silanyo’ the new Elected President of Somaliland

Somaliland President Muj.Ahmed M. Mahamoud 'Silanyo'

HARGEISA— Somaliland National Electoral Commission (NEC) has finally announced Kulmiye party to be the winner of Somaliland election and Muj.Ahmed M. Mahamoud ‘Silanyo’  the new Presidentnof Somaliland.. During a press conference at Mansoor hotel in Hargeisa, the NEC chairman, Mr. Essa Mohamed has declared Kulmiye party to be the winners of Somaliland election with a 49.59%.  NEC chair Mr. Essa Mohamed urged the public and the political parties to support the new leadership.  Mr. Essa said “I am once again confirming Kulmiye Party to be the winners of the election when all the votes were counted”.

Votes each party has won:-

KULMIYE: 266906 49.59%
UDUB: 178881 33.23%
UCID 92439 17.18%

Source: Somalilandpress & Somaliland.org

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Somaliland President says will step down if loses polls


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HARGEISA — The president of Somaliland Dahir Riyale Kahin said Thursday he would step down if he was defeated in presidential polls held at the weekend.

Somaliland president Dahir Riyale Kahin

Dahir Riyale Kahin had faced strong challenges from two opposition candidates in Saturday’s elections in the northern breakaway region striving for international recognition.

“If I lose the election I will hand over responsibility in a very… democratic way,” Kahin told reporters.

The elections were conducted peacefully without violence or instances of suspected fraud.

Somaliland seceded from the rest of Somalia in 1991 four months after the overthrow of president Mohamed Siad Barre. Somaliland first got independent in 26th June 1960 from the British and was independent state for five days before they join Somalia.

Former British officer votes in Somaliland election


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Former British officer votes in Somaliland election

HARGEISA: On Saturday, June 26th, more than a million Somalilanders including a former British officer queued for hours to cast their historical vote on the historical day.

People either camped over night or rocked to the polling station as early as 3a.m.

John Drysdale converted to Islam,took Muslim name Abbas Idris and Somaliland citizenship

Among those people queuing up were former World War II British army officer and author, John Drysdale, who arrived in Somaliland in 1943 in his teen. He served along side Somaliland soldiers during WWII in Burma and Singapore. He returned back to Africa after the defeat of the Nazi regime in Germany and Japan to serve in the British Colonial Service and the Foreign Service where he carried out assignments in Ghana (then the Gold Coast) and in Mogadishu (now under British control with the defeat of Italy).

He became an advisor to three Somali Prime Ministers in post independence Somalia and to three successive UN special envoys to Somalia during the 1992-1993.

Mr Drysdale is regarded as an expert on Somalis including the Somali literature, history, culture and the people. He is an accomplished speaker of Somali.

His work on Somalia which includes The Somali Dispute (1964), Somali The Peninsula and Whatever Happened to Somalia (2002) has became a standard reference works on the Somali people and their politics.

During his long career as diplomat, businessman, and publisher, Drysdale has been a prolific writer and analyst of political events in Africa and Southeast Asia.

Mr Drysdale founded and edited the Africa Research Bulletin in Britain and the Asia Research Bulletin in Singapore in collaboration with the Straits Times Group.

He also founded the Asean Economic Quarterly in Singapore. His book Singapore: Struggle for Success is a recommended reading for all young Singaporeans. Returning to Somaliland in mid 1990s, Mr Drysdale worked as an advisor to the Somaliland government under the late President Mohamed Haji Ibrahim Egal for sometime before setting up his own land survey NGO, Cadastral Surveys. Cadastral Surveys has been surveying and mapping hitherto non-existent farm boundaries in the Gabiley and Dilla districts of south-west Somaliland.

In 2009, Mr Drysdale Converted to Islam and pledge allegiance to the holy Qur’an in a ceremony held in Hargeisa’s main Mosque and changed his name completely to Abbas Idris when he Converted to Islam. He took Somaliland citizenship a short time later.

This year he made history by becoming the first British born to vote in Somaliland election which fell on the exact day when Somaliland gained it’s independence from Great Britain 50 years ago.

Mr Dyrsdale/Idris said he was happy to be part of Somaliland’s election. “Today I am here to be part of Somaliland’s democracy and to cast my vote freely. I am extremely happy to see so many of the public who came out to vote. This marks a turning point for Somaliland in the sense that it could make a great progress in the right direction. As a result, I have voted since I’m a citizen,” he told Haatuf newspaper while casting his vote in Hargeisa.

Mr Drysdale maintains strong contact with his family and friends back in UK and Singapore but is at peace with himself in Somaliland and might be his final home.

More than a million voted on Saturday’s historical vote and the National Electoral Commission is expected to announce the final result on Friday or Saturday.

June 30, 2010

UK Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham welcomes Somaliland’s elections


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UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

UK Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham

Henry Bellingham welcomes Somaliland’s elections

29 June 2010

UK Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham said ‘the process has so far been peaceful, and an example of the restraint that has contributed to Somaliland’s stability in recent years.’

Henry Bellingham, Minister for Africa, said:

‘I welcome the important Presidential elections held in Somaliland on Saturday 26 June. The process has so far been peaceful, and an example of the restraint that has contributed to Somaliland’s stability in recent years.

Somaliland Presidential Elections 2010

I acknowledge the professional work done by the National Electoral Commission, and commend the parties for the peaceful campaigning that preceded election day. I urge all political parties to continue to respect the process and wait for the National Electoral Commission to announce the results. The UK looks forward to continuing to work closely with Somaliland, whichever party wins.’

(Source ):-UK Foreign & commonwealth office: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/news/latest-news/?view=News&id=22451508

June 28, 2010

Somaliland Holds Credible Presidential Election


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Somaliland Holds Credible Presidential Election

Hargeisa, Somaliland – IRI found that Somaliland’s election was peaceful, without maAmbassador Williamson visits with Sacid, who voted in Hargeisa.Ambassador Williamson visits with Sacid, who voted in Hargeisa.jor incident and generally met international standards.  Hundreds of thousands of Somalilanders turned out to vote in their fourth election, and although wanting international recognition, did not wait to continue to build their nascent democracy.  The international community should credit such democratic progress and the example it sets for others.

As stated previously, the June 26 election went smoothly; however, Election Day is only one part of a larger and longer four part process, which includes the pre-election environment, pre-election administration, Election Day voting, and vote counting and post-election adjudication resulting in acceptance of legitimate results.  IRI cautions the political parties and Somalilanders to wait for the final results to be released before conclusions are made regarding the election process.  Peace has been the hallmark of Somaliland for the past 20 years, a point IRI was reminded of by citizens, civil society, election officials and the presidential candidates prior to the election.

In casting their ballots during Saturday’s presidential election, Somalilanders showed their enthusiasm and support for democracy and their homeland.  The pre-election environment and administration were generally conducive to a credible process.  In taking their campaigns to every region of Somaliland, the candidates believed that they were able to get their message across to the population and in the independent media.  IRI did, however, hear complaints regarding the use by the ruling party of state resources, such as state television and government vehicles.

Somaliland’s National Election Commission (NEC) deserves much credit.  The establishment of a voter registry and cards in particular were a step forward for the election process.  The set-up and mechanics for Election Day were also handled well.  Polling site officials carried out their work in a conscientious manner.  For the first-time ever worldwide, IRI witnessed a commendable, systematic effort to involve trained university students as election officials.  IRI also was impressed by the presence of observers representing all three political parties at an overwhelming number of balloting sites.  This is one of the most useful methods to deter fraud.

However, this well-run election was not without some difficulties.  A significant number of polling sites did not post the needed alphabetical division of voter’s last names, which led to early confusion on where to cast votes.  IRI also witnessed sporadic irregularities including what were believed to be instances of voting by those younger than 16, the legal age of voting.  By the end of balloting, these problems had either been solved or had not reached a level sufficient to call into question the credibility of the process.  As the vote count began, Somalilanders clearly felt a great pride for exercising their democratic rights, and much hope for the future.  IRI hopes that as the counting and tabulation process continues the political parties, candidates and citizens are as respectful of the results as they were in 2003.

This election was originally to be held in 2008 and was repeatedly delayed.  In any democracy, old or new, such delays undermine the political process and elicit distrust among the citizens.  This was unfortunate since Somaliland held a constitutional referendum in 2001, and three elections (local, presidential and parliamentary) from 2002-2005; all were deemed acceptable.  The last presidential election in 2003 was decided by a mere 80 votes and the defeated candidates accepted the result, and 2005 parliamentary elections resulted in an opposition-dominated legislature.  Many other countries and politicians can learn from Somaliland’s example, but only if elections continue to be held regularly and in a timely fashion.

IRI’s 19-member delegation was co-led by IRI board members Richard S. Williamson, former United Nations Ambassador and Presidential Special Envoy for Sudan; and Constance Berry Newman, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and former U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Africa.  The delegation also included representatives from the Czech Republic, Kenya, Nigeria, Norway, Sierra Leone, Serbia, Spain and the United States.  The group observed voting and ballot counting at more than 70 polling stations in four cities – Berbera, Borama, Burao and Hargeisa.

IRI also partnered with the local nongovernmental organization Social Research and Development Institute to train and deploy six domestic observer teams that gave IRI a broader coverage in areas where international observers could not monitor.  The domestic teams monitored voting and ballot counting at more than 70 polling stations in Ainaba, Baligubadle, Las Anod, Lug-haya, Odweine, Salaxley and Zeila.

Other IRI delegates were:

  • Rune Aale-Hansen, Chief Information Officer of Norway’s Høyre Party;
  • The Honorable Sophia Abdi Noor, member of the Kenyan Parliament;
  • The Honorable Aminu Bello Masari, former Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives;
  • Ambassador Ramón Gil-Casares Satrústegui, former Spanish Ambassador to South Africa and former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs;
  • Dr. J. Peter Pham, Senior Fellow and Director of the Africa Project at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and non‐resident Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies;
  • Ambassador Lange Schermerhorn, former U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti;
  • Petr Sokol, Secretary of the Czech Republic’s Civic Democratic Party Group at the European Parliament; and
  • Dr. Christiana Thorpe, Chairwoman of Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission.
IRI staff also served as observers and assisted in the mission.  IRI staff were led by Lorne W. Craner, IRI President and former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy Human Rights and Labor; Paul Fagan, IRI’s Regional Director for Africa programs; Scott Pool, Resident Country Director for Kenya and Somaliland; and Lara Petricevic, Somaliland Resident Program Officer.

Delegates traveled to Nairobi, Kenya where they were briefed by representatives from the U.S. Embassy and USAID.  After arriving in Hargeisa, delegates were briefed by representatives of the NEC, European Commission, presidential candidates, human rights groups and civil society organizations.  They also were briefed on the rights and responsibilities of international observers and Somaliland election law.

Delegates then deployed throughout Somaliland where they met with local election officials, political party representatives and civil society organizations.  On Election Day, delegates monitored polling stations and identified and evaluated the strengths and weaknesses in the election system, including campaign regulations, the balloting process, vote tabulation and reporting.

IRI has monitored more than 135 elections in more than 40 countries.  In September 2005, an IRI delegation traveled to Somaliland to assess the country’s parliamentaryelctions. 

Since 2002, IRI has worked with civil society groups, political parties and the national parliament in Somaliland.  Through funding from USAID, IRI provided support to Somaliland’s political parties, parliament, marginalized groups and was able to conduct this election observation mission.

The International Republican Institute Advancing Democracy Worldwide: IRI

http://www.iri.org/

June 26, 2010

Somaliland Election 2010: All Three Somaliland presidential candidates casted their vote today:Photos


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Somaliland Election 2010: All Three Somaliland presidential candidates casted their vote today:Photos


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