HARGEISA INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR 2016: The Media and Leadership in Somaliland

As part of the Hargeisa International Book Fair 2016, Somaliland Focus (UK) continued its campaigning on media freedom in Somaliland by participating in a panel discussion on media and leadership. The panel examined the media in Somaliland, including the legal environment, media standards, the importance of media in the run-up to elections in 2017, and the [...]

Press release: International observers launch final report on Somaliland’s 2012 local elections

International election observation mission to Somaliland’s local council elections, assembled by Progressio, University College London and Somaliland Focus (UK), launches final report highlighting the “swerves on the road” as Somaliland continues to drive its developing democracy forward 

Six months on, the public release of the mission report notes that once again, Somalilanders displayed their dedication to the [...]

Press release: International Election Observers applaud commitment to democracy, but say action is required to ensure future election integrity

With results finally confirmed in Somaliland’s local elections, held on November 28th 2012, the international election observation mission assembled by Progressio, DPU and Somaliland Focus (UK) congratulates the people ofSomaliland and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) on a lively and enthusiastic election campaign and voting process.

However, in advance of writing our final report, to be released in [...]

Update: International observers to local elections in Somaliland

Update 14 December 2012: A small presence of IEO members has remained in Hargeisa following the elections. Disputes around results are currently being investigated by authorities in Somaliland. The IEO team is awaiting more news about this process before making any further statements regarding the conduct and results of [...]

Press release: International observers congratulate Somaliland on local elections, with some concerns

International election observers congratulate Somaliland on a largely peaceful and transparent expression of democratic will in local elections—but concerned at weaknesses in safeguards against multiple voting

The mission congratulates the people of Somaliland and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) for efforts to conduct and participate in the elections on November 28th 2012, which saw 2,368 candidates contest [...]

Press release: The day after polling day

First thoughts of international election observation team assembled by Progressio, DPU and Somaliland Focus (UK) for Somaliland’s local council elections on November 28th

The team of 50 observers from 18 countries observed voting at 20% of the more than 1,700 polling stations, and stayed on for counts afterwards. Team members are continuing to observe counting and tabulation [...]

Press release: On the eve of Somaliland’s elections…

International election observation team assembled by Progressio, DPU and Somaliland Focus (UK) reports good progress towards Somaliland’s local council elections scheduled for November 28th 2012

On the eve of a poll which will determine the political shape of Somaliland for the next decade, stakes are high and campaigning is lively. But there is no room for complacency… [...]

Blog: We call on the President

Latest blog from Hargeisa by international election observer team co-organisers, Drs Steve Kibble and Michael Walls.

Read the full [...]

Blogs: The team on the ground – the authorised versions

As the full international observation team begins to assemble in Hargeisa for the district and council elections on 28 November, Steve Kibble has sent some early dispatches.

Read in full in our [...]

Press release: Somaliland Focus on international observation mission to Somaliland’s local elections

Somaliland Focus joins Progressio and UCL’s Development Planning Unit to lead the international observation mission to Somaliland’s district and council elections scheduled for 28 November 2012. It is hoped that these elections will contribute to the ongoing building of a stable system of democracy in the Horn of Africa… read more on the [...]

Report: Preparing for local elections in Somaliland – Plans, challenges and progress

New report from Progressio by Steve Kibble and Michael Walls of Somaliland Focus (UK)… click here [...]

Article: Somaliland – Open for Business

Quman Jibril Akli of Somaliland Focus quoted in the Guardian…. click here [...]

Blog: International Engagement in Somalia – Lessons from Somaliland?

A new post from Dr Michael Walls of Somaliland Focus… click here [...]

Event: Somaliland: the way forward, 18 May 2011

After a peaceful election and transfer of power, May 2011 marks the twentieth anniversary of Somaliland’s declaration of independence. At this event, participants presented the findings of the international election observer meeting, assessed Somaliland’s progress over the past 20 years and discussed its future. The meeting launched both the observers report and the book Somaliland: the [...]

Radio: Election observers – the New Zealand angle

Radio Live (New Zealand) interviewed Michael Walls and Conrad Heine of Somaliland Focus from Hargeisa just after the presidential election. Click here [...]