Somaliland Head to Polls For Councillors And MPs
Voters in the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland are heading to the polls on May, 31 to choose their member of parliament for the first time since 2005. Somaliland broke off from mainland Somalia after the regime of Siad Barre in 1991. The 5.2 Million citizens of Somaliland will be making yet another stab at global recognition as some 1.3 million voters head to the polls to choose 82 members of parliament and 247 local councils. An election whose measure of democracy Somaliland hopes to use in its quest to certify its sovereignty. Somaliland's three political parties in the polls are opposition politicians Faisal Warabe's UCID, Wadani led by another opposition leader Abdirahman Erye and President Muse Bihi Kulmiye party. The elections is observed by over a hundred international observers including Uganda’s former opposition leader, Kizza Besigye and ex-president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Korma. ''Our visit to the headquarters of the Somaliland National Electoral Commission left us with a good impression about the Commission's preparedness to conduct peaceful and credible elections,'' said in a Twitter post. The elections are taking place in six regions of Somaliland, namely Awdal, Sahil, Marodi-Jeeh, Toghdeer, Sanaag and Sool.