It was Wednesday 28 November when the people of Somaliland went to the polling stations country wide
During the campaign period; NEC wrote a letter to the president for a couple of occasions at the campaign period complaining the actions of several governors and admin and finance director of Somaliland national AIDS Commission but president neither responded nor took an action for the said people, to the that action many took as a proof of NEC independence or assertiveness but truly it was either crocodile tears or intended public relation gimmick.
The people were expecting the election will be free and fair but it was far from that.
To some extent The atmosphere was peaceful and many expected the long queues will speak in volumes but soon after the sunset; the real vote started sooner than later it was clear to many observers that tough time is a head.
Only erigavo more than 20 boxes were filled under trees locates Southern Ergavo it was a well planned and calculated mission under the auspicious of Deputy kulmiye chairman Abdirahman talyanle with consent approval of NEC regional officers as well as commission members indeed, it was a well executed plan. they dropped the political organizations observers in the southern outskirts of erigavo since they are certain that no one will ask them why they did so. To their perspective the complaint of political organizations were meaningless. In fact, four political organization raised this issue with the commission and asked these rigged election boxes should be annulled once and for all but as expected the commission members there consulted their counter parts based in Hargeisa and finally decided to count these disputed boxes.
The tallying process was a complete sham take for instance, Hargeisa District; NEC changed at least twice in public (not to mention how many in the closed door meetings) both the lists of the councilors as well as total votes
The messy tendering process
The tendering process was flawed right from inception, it was an early indication of what to expect in near future
Amal and Dulqan were awarded the tender of transport without any serious vetting to mention a few,
The rule was each e organization detail what amount each region will cost and country at larger but both (Dulqan and Amal) didn’t waste any time, to consider it to add on that, they were neither as organized as their competitors nor capable.
The three commission members which were responsible the tender awarding sat and opened the six companies profiles, structure, bank account statements and well as previous work satisfactorily completed but both dulqan and amal were new companies but two more experienced companies were competing them but to the surprise of everybody the three commission members were locked at the horns on whom to award the transport tender :
their personal interests were miles apart and at least one commission member firmly stood with the idea of, to give the tender for a friendly companies with kickbacks it was a well received Idea and they did on that and defended it not only uniformly but also resolutely.
Finally, the seven member National Electoral Commission members not only did a shoddy a job but also slapdash, sloppy and careless and messy work. Indeed they damaged the image of Somaliland and its credibility to hold a free , fair and translucent elections as was the norm. these male dominated seven member NEC must immediately resign without any further delay otherwise or else they should be shown the door.
Yassin A. Ahmed