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Republic of Somaliland is fully prepared for holding Presidential Election Nov 13, 2017


Somaliland President urges peaceful, free and fair presidential election nationwide:On the Tuesday Oct 17, the President of the Republic of Somaliland H.E. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Siilaanyo) called meeting for the presidential candidates and leaders of the three political parties, the members of the National Electoral

Commission (NEC), Speakers of the     the Parliament Houses (The Representatives Council and Elders/Guurti Council), the Chief of Justice, and the Army Chiefs at the Presidency Palace. The President delivered very historic key speech to the candidates, leaders of the political parties, the commissioners and the other dignitaries from the

different councils.  President Silaanyo strongly advised the candidates and their political parties to fully ensure the country’s election laws and abide by the election code of conduct  they signed,  in order to ensure to peaceful, free and fair election in nationwide on Nov 13, 2017. The President stated that he will hand over the power to each of the three presidential candidates elected on this date.

Click here to watch the President Speech

Click to read the President Speech written in Somali

 In addition, for the information of the Somalilanders in the Diaspora and also our other visitors of this site, we, the Somaliland Diaspora Agency at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the Republic of Somaliland would like to hereby list key events and the most recent activities undertaken in relation to the preparations of the upcoming Somaliand Presidential Election on Nov 13, 2017 – by the National Electoral Commission, and the Somaliland Government to ensure peaceful, free and fair election.

The National Auditor General issued order on full registration of all the government vehicles:

On the Saturday Oct 7, Auditor General of the Republic of Somaliland, Mr. Saeed Suleiman Mire announced that all government vehicles must be registered with the Auditor General Office in Hargeisa   before the start of the campaign for Somaliland Presidential Election. The Auditor General stated that one of the reasons for the order is that a large number of the government-owned vehicles are using civilian plate numbers. Teams of officers from the Auditor General Office were also sent to different  of the ministries and public institutions to make sure implementation of this circular and the full registration of all the vehicles recorded for the Auditor General but not previously numbered for the state.

On the Thursday Oct 12, the Somaliland National Electoral Commission (NEC) held a mock election at their headquarters to make sure, understand and interact with the process of how the voters are casting their votes on Nov 13 for the Presidential Election. The event was witnessed by representatives from the three political parties, members from the civil society and diplomats from USAID office in Nairobi

According to a press release issued by NEC, the main reason for conducting the mock election was as following:

  • To find out how long it takes a voter to cast their ballots
  • To observe how polling stations and voting equipment will be administered,
  • To examine what areas the NEC needs to spread more awareness on
  • To observe potential problems that could arise at polling stations (Caused by ``employees and voters)


NEC releases the final figure of the eligible voters for the presidential election:

On the Tuesday Oct 10, Somaliland National Electoral Commission (NEC) releases the final figure of the eligible voters for the Somaliand Presidential Elections scheduled for Nov 13, 2017. A ceremony held at the NEC Headquarter in Hargeisa was attended by cabinet members, representatives from the three political parties and other dignitaries and guests

The National Election Commission officially announced that 704,089 registered eligible voters throughout the country took their voter ID cards over the three month-process in mid 2017.  The previously announced In March that 873,331 nationals were registered to vote for this presidential election. However, the reason that  the rest 167,242 registered voters did not pick up their cards is because of the  negative impact of the severe droughts crippled the nation all during early 2017 which resulted wide displacement particularly in large areas in the most regions of the country 

The regional breakdown of the final eligible voters for the presidential election Nov 13, 2017 as released by NEC is Awdal: 102,571, Maroodijeh: 249,229,  Sahil: 60,817,  Togdheer: 147,440,  Sool: 63,698, and Sanaag: 80,334 eligible voters

Click here to download the breakdown of the eligible voters per polling stations in nationwide


The Election Press Code of Conduct Signed:

On the Monday Oct 16, the Election Press Code of Conduct was signed at the Headquarter of the Somaliland National Election Commission. The NEC stated that the election press code of conduct shall be conducted by the political parties, the press and all stakeholders during the campaign before the election, on the Election Day and after the voting before the final result is announced. The NEC officials warned the political parties and the press of any untrue and false information and anything causing inconvenience to the public and/or detrimental to the unity, brotherhood of the nation, and the peace stability as well. The Commissions, Minister of the Information and National Awareness Ministry of the Republic of Somaliland, Somaliland National Journalism Association, reporters and other guests attended the event   

The Somaliland Presidential Election Code of Conduct signed and certificates of authorization issued to the presidential candidates:

On Thursday Sept 30, Somaliland National Electoral Commission officially announced the Somaliland Presidential Election Candidates and their running mates at an official meeting the NEC and the three political parties of  Kulmiye, UCID and Wadani held in Hargeisa. In the meeting, the Election Code of Conduct was signed as well. The Chairman of the Somaliland NEC, Commissioner Abdiqadir Iman Warsame stated that the election code of conduct was in pursuant to Article 82 of the Somaliland Constitution which states the manner the political parties, their officials and supporters behave during month of the presidential election campaign. The Commissioner also pointed out the set penalties and fines for any transgressions that may come across during the campaign and the election.  “In order to ensure free and fair electioneering this code makes it illegal to campaign on clan basis, use of abusive language, character assassination, creating insecurity as well as utilization of public property and servants” said   “Any party, its leadership or supporters contravening this code of code shall be fined 2 billion Somaliland Shillings equivalent to $200,000” adding that this is per each contravention. Similarly any party undertaking campaign on a day not designated shall be denied its right for an equivalent period and denied access to the media while continued transgression might result in legal proceedings, he said.

Chairman of the Somaliland National Election Commission, Eng Abdiqadir Imaan Warsame strongly urged the political parties leaders to ensure that not only themselves but also their officials and supporters shall adhere to the code of conduct and as such peaceful, free and fair Somaliland presidential election shall be held Nov 13, 2017.

All the three candidates of the three political parties name Muj. Muse Behi Abdi of Kulmiye Party, Eng Faisal Ali Warabe of UCID Party, an Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi (Cirro) of Wadani party signed the code of conduct whereas  Eng Abdiqadir Imaan, Chairman of NEC signed on behalf of the Somaliland National Election Commission,

Certification of the candidates and their running mates of the three political parties followed in the agenda. The Somaliland National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced the official candidates vying for the Somaliland Presidential Election and their running mates. The NEC Legal Advisor Mr. Hassan Farah Mohamed confirmed that all the six citizens have fulfilled conditions to vie for president and Vice President as according to the stipulations of Article 82 under the Somaliland Constitution. The NEC awarded them their candidacy certificates for acknowledgement.

In light of this, Somaliland National Electoral Commission recognizes the below named persons as official candidates for president and Vice President during the elections scheduled for Nov 13, 2017.

 KULMIYE  Political  Party 

  1. Presidential Candidate:         Muse Behi Abdi 
  2. Vice President Candidate:     Abdirahman Abdilahi Sayli 

UCID Political Party 

  1. Presidential Candidate:   Eng Feisal Ali Warabe 
  2. Vice President Candidate:       Ahmed Abdi Muse Abyaan’ 

WADANI Political Party:

  1. Presidential Candidate:   Abdirahman Mohamed Abdilahi (Cirro) 
  2. Vice President Candidate:     Hon Amb Mohamed Ali Abdi

Presidential Decree on banning the government resources to be used for the election campaign and banning civil servants, the government officials and the armed forces from the presidential election campaigning

On the Saturday Sept 30, the President of the Republic of Somaliland H.E. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Siilaanyo) issued a presidential decree which has banned all the government officials from using government property to campaign for the political parties, and at the same time prevented the civil servants and members of the armed forces from campaigning for the presidential election.

The Presidential Decree also ordered all the state owned media outlets including SLNTV, Radio Hargeisa and the state newspaper to give fair and equal coverage of service to each political party during the campaign.

In this circular, the President of the Republic of Somaliland, H.E. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Siilaanyo) called on all the Somaliland government officials, particularly regional governors and regional army chiefs to give full support to the Somaliland National Electoral Commission during the election process as well.

Somaliland Courts temporarily suspends hearing land disputes related cases:

On the Saturday Sept 30, the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Somaliland, Hon. Yasin Mohamoud Hiir Faratoon announced that Somaliland's courts will not hear cases of the land disputes until after the presidential election is held due to security reasons


Compiled by the Communication of the Somaliland Diaspora Agency

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