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DPU-led Somaliland Presidential Election Observation Mission

International observers of Somaliland’s presidential election on 13 November 2017 arrive in Somaliland, hoping for a successful and peaceful poll.

somaliland election

26 November 2017

The international election observation mission (EOM) was been invited by Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) and was funded by the British government. The EOM conducted its observation activities in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, emphasising the impartiality of that observation.

The EOM was led by the DPU, and coordinated by Michael Walls.

This EOM marks the fourth election in Somaliland observed and reported on by DPU and Somaliland Focus since 2005. As the third presidential election (following the polls in 2003 and 2010), it is the first poll to use a new voter registration system, which itself marks the first use of iris-scan biometric technology in an African election. The election was delayed by devastating droughts in 2016 and 2017, and comes at a time when Somaliland is attracting significant infrastructure investment from the Middle East and alongside Somalia’s own efforts to rebuild its shattered political system. The EOM is particularly hopeful that the implementation of the voter registration system will address issues that have marred previous elections, and looks forward to commencing its mission.


Michael Walls - DPU



DPU-led Somaliland Presidential Election Observation Mission begins

Press releases

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“The Limits of Consensus?”: Somaliland’s 2017 presidential election observed By Conrad Heine with Michael Walls


Launch of Somaliland International Observation Mission final report

The limits of consensus?
Report on the Somaliland Presidential Election, 13th November 2017

Image credit © Kate Stanworth