Somaliland: Lessons from the November 2012 local elections

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Somalilandsun – Saferworld has been working in Somalia/Somaliland since 2004 to strengthen the participation and influence of Non State Actors-NSAs in key decision-making processes on peace, security and development has released a report on The local government elections held nationwide in November 2012.

According to The report titled “Somalilanders Speak” the November 2012 local elections which were watched keenly by the international community, were largely peacefully and with an increased space provided for non-state actors to observe and review electoral procedures were a key test of Somaliland’s democratic development.

“The elections marked an important step forward, with more than 800,000 voters casting their ballots, watched by hundreds of domestic election observers”

This report provides a synthesis and analysis of civil society organisations’ observations, as well as highlighting the ways in which electoral procedures can be improved. The report provides key findings and recommendations for actors ranging from the government to CSOs to the media, with the intention that lessons can be learned to further improve the democratisation of Somaliland. .

Report Download http://www.saferworld.org.uk/resources/view-resource/732

Saferworld has been working in Somalia/Somaliland since 2004 to strengthen the participation and influence of Somali NSAs in key decision-making processes on peace, security and development. In 2008, we supported the formal creation of three separate NSA platforms in each of Somalia’s three zones: Somaliland Non State Actors Forum (SONSAF), Somalia South-Central Non State Actors (SOSCENSA) and Puntland Non-state Actors Association (PUNSAA).

http://www.saferworld.org.uk

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