Past event

Research Event

Somaliland's Electoral Challenge

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme

Participants

Dr Mohamed Fadal, Director, Social Research and Development Institute (SORADI), Hargeisa
Mohamed Barud Ali, Advisor on Aid Coordination, Somaliland Ministry of Planning
Saeed Ahmed Mohamoud, Democratisation Programme Officer, National Electoral Commission of Somaliland

Overview

Despite its lack of international recognition as a sovereign state, Somaliland has long been one of the few secure and democratic territories of the Horn of Africa. This security is threatened by the political impasse which has resulted from repeated postponements of presidential and parliamentary elections. In April 2010, presidential elections are again due to be held, but the uncertainty surrounding whether these will take place threatens to cause further deterioration to region which is already the most volatile on the African continent.

The speakers at this event each have unparalleled experience of politics in Somaliland, and they will provide an insight into the challenges which the region faces in the run-up to elections.