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Public Perception of Local Councils in Somaliland

In Somaliland, the local council elections of 2002 were the first democratic elections that heralded the end of the clan-power sharing formula and marked the onset of a democratic order. This followed the adoption of a Constitution in 2001 which provides for a multi-party system and the passing of the Political Party and Associations Act that resulted in a Local Government Law (2001). Besides allowing the voters to participate in an open and competitive electoral process for the first time in thirty years, the local council elections were also significant in decentralizing the system of governance by granting local communities more power to manage their own affairs.

Haroon Yusuf and Mark Bradbury

Haroon Ahmed Yusuf has over twenty years of experience in designing and managing development programmes in Somalia and Somaliland in pastoralist livelihoods, peace building, governance and institutional development. He holds a degree in Agricultural Sciences from Washington State University and held senior positions in international NGOs for many years, including ActionAid