HARGEISA – Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission (NEC), on Wednesday (Oct 25), met with the first set of international election observers, that’ve arrived in Somaliland to monitor the polls the upcoming presidential election on November 13th.
“Today, we are welcoming the first set of International observers that will be monitoring the election nationwide on November 13th. The first time arrived a few days ago, the second team will arrive on November 8th, and will be inducted on November 9th,” NEC Chairman, Abdikadir Iman told reporters.
— SLNEC (@NEC2017) October 25, 2017
Dr. Michael Walls, the Chief Observer of the IEO mission, gave reporters a briefing on the mission’s agenda leading up to the election.
“This mission that I am leading is funded by the British government through the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, although its got the UK’s financial support behind it, it truly is an international team,” Walls said.
“We have a team of 60 people, including ourselves, who will represent 24 countries, who will be here until the week of the election,” Walls said.
“We will be undertaking with that group, an intensive and briefing process, we will be talking about electoral procedures, the legal framework and so on,” Walls said.
“And in-order to develop that program of training, and also to contribute to our own analysis of the election, I have here, a team with me of extremely experience people addressing each of those functions,”
The United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Rory Stewart, announced in September that the UK will be providing “£202,017 to fund a 60-strong international election observation mission for the delayed Somaliland Presidential election”.