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Somaliland - Election day

Somaliland - Election day

Source: Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD)

HD was invited to support the elections process in Somaliland through provision of technical advice. It supported and trained the Somaliland National Elections Commission (NEC) and other key stakeholders on Electoral Dispute Resolution (EDR) mechanisms.

In 2010, HD, in partnership with the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA) trained 600 local youths, women, professionals and elders in conflict resolution and electoral rules so they could act as civil society mediators. These mediators were deployed to areas where tensions were expected to mount during the elections. They were selected on the basis of impartiality, social respectability, and suitability for dispute resolution, in order to cover the display period, the campaign, the election day and the tabulation in district and regional centers.

On the 26 June, these efforts contributed to the peaceful transition of power from the incumbent to a new opposition leader in Somaliland. All the parties accepted the result and international observers rated the elections as highly successful.

Read more about HD's work in Somalia here: www.hdcentre.org/activities/somalia/

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Photo taken on 4 July 2010 (© The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue / Flickr)

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