Continuing the charade that the Republic of Somaliland comes under the international community-propped federal government of Somaliland, Somalia Parliament wrote to the international community stating that it is in the process of formulating a special arrangement for the election of Somaliland seats.

The House Speaker of the lower house of the Somalia parliament, Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman, specifically addressing the ‘European Union, United Kingdom, United Nations and United States’, in this order and manner, stated that Somaliland elections to the federal parliament slated for 2020 will be ‘treated as special case’.

“The Somaliland issue will be treated as special case and the parliament will adopt a separate resolution where the Somaliland will have separate arrangements for the election of the Somaliland seats,” he wrote.

“During the drafting process of the proposed Somaliland resolution, the parliament will closely work with NIEC to identify and resolve any technical issues that may affect its implementation,” the statement added.

What makes this communication so ridiculously out of sync is not only it is a drama enacted to amuse a more knowing, bemused but conspiratorially accommodating international development partners but the fact that it addresses a country that has a 29-year democratic record that has gone to the polls on one-person, one-vote elections and other voting exercises on not less than nine different occasions. The same international community humouring the Somalia of today have witnessed and certified all of these occasions as ‘free and fair’.

No Elections Timeframe
1 Constitutional referendum 2001
2 Local council and political parties election 2002
3 Presidential election 2003
4 House of Representatives election 2005
5 Voter registration 2008-2009
6 Presidential election 2010
7 Local council and political parties election 2012
8 Voter registration 2016
9 Presidential elections 2017
10 Forthcoming parliamentary and local council elections 2020 or 2021

Moreover, the Republic of Somaliland has never participated or had become party to any of the pacification or fumbling administrations of Somalia since 1991.

The republic of Somaliland reclaimed a recognized sovereignty it gained on 26 June 1960 in May 1991 following a grand, all-clan conference held in Burao after Somaliland freedom fighters drove the brutal military regime out of its territories in January that year.

Somaliland has, since then, built an enviably democratic government will all the trappings of an ultra-modern state complete with a separate flag, currency, parliament, judiciary, passport, anthem and emblem within the pre-independence colonial boundaries as enshrined in the OAU Charter and the Constitutive Act of the African Union, Article 4, Para (b), adopted by the Thirty-sixth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of 53 heads of state and government,11 July 2000 – Lome, Togo, and as set by the 1933 Montevideo Convention, generally considered a norm of customary international law.

Neither the government of the Republic of Somaliland, the Parliament nor the National Electoral Commission has yet responded to the Somalia claims which many see as a new effrontery designed to provoke a complete withdrawal of any resumption of talks between the two erstwhile, uneasy partners in a tumultuous merger that had never been legally consummated.


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