October 25, 2012 ·0 Comments
The Somaliland Non State Actors Forum (SONSAF) recently unveiled recommendations for Pre-Election Consultation Forums identify and remove contentious issues in the Upcoming Local Council elections in Hotel Mansor, Hargeisa.
The for Pre-Election Consultation forum saw the participation of a broad section of society including more 42 Non-governmental institutions including the Electoral Commission, National Assembly and Academy of peace and development and in which Somaliland track record of holding regular multiparty elections in the past ten years was discussed.
The Chairman of Somaliland Non State Actors Forum (SONSAF) Prof Adan Haji Ali revealed they have established 17 delegates to oversee the electoral process in Hargeisa and another 5 delegates for the various region of the country in order to give the appropriated feedback of the electoral process.
Prof. Adan Haji Ali Said the newly appointed Committee will not be working under SONSAF independently but under the supervision of an appointed observer so as to attain credible and successful elections not only to demonstrate the continued maturity of its political system and the consolidation of its democratization process but also to help in the national pursuit.
The Director Of NAGAAD (an Umbrella which represents women organizations) Madam Nafiisa speaking the occasion reiterate the lack of will by the national assembly to adopt women’s and Minorities group members who are likely to be denied representation in the national decision-making institutions. . It is also unlikely that they will get their legitimate representation any time soon in the current socio-political context.
Madam Nafiisa went on to say there are more than 130 women aspirants competing in the upcoming local elections, madam Nafiisa added although the political parties and associations that are competing for the upcoming local council elections do not appear to be willing to field any significant number of women and Minority group candidates except for the token few, doesn’t mean that women will not be left out of political participation.
MP Abdikadir Jama Hamud and his counterpart MPS Yusuf Abdillahi Awale who were representatives of the National Assembly said although women play a vital part in the political process doesn’t mean that they should be given considerations.
Mr. Mohamed Farah hirsi,Hassan Ibrahim Ahmed and Said Mohamed who were representing SONYO(youth Umbrella) Academy of peace and development and SNDF lauded SONSAF for the relentless effort in pursuing solutions to challenges which may hinder the smooth transition of the upcoming electoral process .
Lastly SONSAF has reckons that although this progress has not been without its own challenges, hence the need to identify the hurdles the process faces, chief among them which is the capacity and extent to which national institutions, broadly-speaking, and election management bodies specifically, facilitate constructive management of electoral process, particularly, electoral dispute management
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