Mar 05, 2009

Somaliland: Election Postponed By Two Months

Active ImageIt has been reported that the long-awaited presidential election in Somaliland has been postponed until 31 May 2009.
Below is an article published by: Garowe Online

A much awaited presidential election in […] Somaliland has been postponed to May 31 [2009], Radio Garowe reports.

Mr. Jama Mohamed "Sweden," Somaliland's election commission chairman, told a Monday [2 March 2009] press conference in the regional capital Hargeisa that the election commission has "authority on all election matters."

He indicated that there have been private meetings between the election commission, the three political parties and the agency (Interpeace) that facilitates donor funds to support Somaliland's democratic process.

The two opposition parties, Kulmiye and UCID, have not publicly supported or rejected the delay in the election date from March 29 [2009] to May 31 [2009].

However, Mr. Ahmed Silanyo, the Kulmiye party candidate and Somaliland President Dahir Riyale's main challenger, declared that only the two house of parliament have the authority to change the election date. […]

Somaliland, located in northwestern Somalia, unilaterally declared independence from the rest of the country in 1991 but has not gained international recognition to date.