Somaliland: Ongoing Public consultations on proposed House of Representatives election law

Somaliland Non- State Actors Forum (SONSAF) together House of Representative and Academy for Peace and Development (APD) launched first consultative dialogue of the House of the Representative Act. Therefore, Somaliland Civil Society is very much committed to support the House of Representatives to conduct regional and national dialogue focusing on House of Representative Act, because the CSOs believe that House of Representative Act includes the list of electoral laws which are needed to review and amend.

Hence, civil society of Somaliland and sub- committee of internal affairs and security of the House of Representatives started the consultative dialogue in the Awdal region and more than 250 persons participated these forums included traditional elders, religious leaders, intellectuals, civil society, youth women, universities students and media, the CSOs are advocating to finalize all electoral laws and remaining important aspects of the electoral cycle, this program of promoting participatory governance has funded by International Development Cooperation (DANIDA).

Also, members from the leadership of the political parties warmly acknowledgment the activity. Mr. Mohamed Kahin, from the leading party KULMIYE noted that: “Though it’s too late carrying such activity at the time due to its essential sensitivities largely on the issue of House’s seat allocations claims”. He added: “the issue should be looked in a national interest manner rather than for political party, government, parliament or clan interests”.

The general secretary of UCID Mr. Abdinasir said: “The issue we need to address and assess should not be limited to only the argument of seat allocations, but, we, UCID party, have other concerns relating to the law provisions that also need to be addressed”. He added: “the issue of candidate election and winning system is another subject”. Also Mr. Uurcade from WADDANI appreciated the activity on behalf of his party and noted: “that the activity is a fundamental part for having an election law for the House”.

Mr. Mohamed Farah The director of the Academy for Peace and Development (APD) addressing the said: “Academy for Peace and Development (APD )is contributing to have a free and fair elections. This activity is not the first we supported the House but it’s a continuation of our collaboration and support to the house and Somaliland democratic processes” He added: “The aim process is to meet and listen the opinions of the wider public across regions to put in their analysis into the law to improve public inclusivity in the process of electoral legal review and promote public ownership of the laws”.

Mr. Mustafa Sacad Dhimbil , chairman of the Somaliland Non- State Actors Forum (SONSAF) speaking during the occasion , said, “Somaliland Non- State Actors Forum (SONSAF) through the Somaliland Civil Society Election Forum (SCISEF) is committed to enhance the role of civil society in the electoral process including the monitoring and observation of voter registration and elections at the regional and national levels.