Somaliland Presidential Elections: Cecilia joins observation mission

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Cecilia will join the international election observers to the Somaliland’s third presidential election (13 November 2017). The mission is composed by 60 selected experts, academics and professionales from 24 countries.

The international election observation mission (EOM) has been invited by Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) and is funded by the British government. The EOM will conduct its observation activities in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, emphasising the impartiality of that observation.

The EOM is led by the Development Planning Unit (DPU) at University College London (UCL), and Somaliland Focus UK. Team co-ordinators will examine all aspects of the pre-election campaign, including access by political parties to locations for campaigning, the equality of access to the media, and the procedures that will be employed for the distribution of election materials, voting itself and the counting and tallying of ballots. The EOM will observe polling stations across Somaliland’s six regions, and will publish its final report in the first half of 2018.

The Republic of Somaliland, an internationally-unrecognised country in north-west Somalia. Since Somaliland’s reconstitution as an independent state in May 1991, the territory has sought to build a new polity, charting a path away from violent conflict to a competitive and democratic political system. The process began with a constitutional plebiscite in 2001, and since 2002 all of Somaliland’s key political institutions – district councils, the presidency and vice presidency, and, with these latest elections, parliament itself – have been subjected to popular vote. The successful staging of these three elections has important implications for Somaliland and the political entities that emerge from the wreckage of the Somali state, as well as for the region in general.

Cecilia has undertook research on Somaliland peace and state-building process, stressing the importance of society-rooted efforts to build stable, safe, peaceful and democratic contexts and countries. Her research can be accessed here

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