October 16, 2012 ·10 Comments
It is obviously too early to write the book on the ongoing Somaliland
election with about six weeks to go before November 28th. But enough
has already happened that one can use to assess the weakness and the
assets of each party campaign.
One thing everyone agrees with is that Xaqsoor, among all its pairs,
is the party enjoying the steadiest political growth since in
inception. From the outset, its campaign got a head start, essentially
trading on the reputation of Xasan Ciise who’s name echoes across
Somaliland as a powerful symbol of leadership, integrity and vision.
Xaqsoor was created at the eleventh hour, barely before the
registration deadline. But the fledgling movement with its interim
leader Ahmed-Nur AwCabdi Shaacir at the helm managed to clear the
first hurdles with an astonishing ease because it enjoyed the full
backing of Xasan Ciise. Without any meaningful organisation and hardly
any financial means, Ahmed-Nur Shaacir Xaqsoor was able to come ahead
of political rivals stacked in cash and willing to bribe locals into
the voting booths. Because again, Xasan Ciise was in the background.
Soon after Xasan was elected party chairman, Xaqsoor landed first rate
endorsements and Jamhuuriga, UDHIS, Nasiye, Horyaal, UDUB… rallied
around the former Somaliland vice president. Weeks of Cali Sandule
touring Somaliland regions to attend the inauguration meetings of
Xaqsoor candidates showcased the widespread popular support for the
party big tent approach. Finally, earlier this week, Xasan Ciise
Jaamac hit the campaign trail on what seems to be a mission to
effectively seal the deal.
Organizers on the ground report a growing crescendo of involvement as
throngs of enthusiastic supporters line the street to meet and greet
Xasan Ciise in Berbera, Sheikh and Burco. With the campaign set to
move east toward what is essentially Xaqsoor territory, we will likely
witness scenes that will humble the competition.
Again with the campaign in a state of early infancy, no definitive
answer can be drawn at this point in time. However, one take home
point would be that Somalilanders are on a “who can you I trust?” mode
and the campaign would not fought along regional or clan lines. No
red, green or purple book of grandiloquent electoral promises will
simply not do it. Voters have been in this movie enough time already.
Integrity, leadership vision, that is what Somalilanders are yearning
for. And that is the deal, Xasan Ciise is offering them.
By Eleyeh GirrehFollow @somalilandpress