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Somaliland Elections: A Growing Ownership and Experience

The process of democratisation requires the full participation and commitment of people from all walks of society. In this article, Mohamed Fadal reflects on the history of elections in the Somali region, starting from the first elections in newly independent Somalia. One of the differences he highlights between the elections in Somalia in the 1960s and the series of elections in Somaliland since 2002, is that the particular democratic model emerging in Somaliland is one that has not been imposed from outside but has been nurtured by people in Somaliland. This, he believes provides grounds for optimism for the future of democracy in Somaliland.

Dr. Mohamed Fadal

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Dr. Mohamed Osman Fadal is the Board Chair of Social Research and Development Institute (SORA DI) and the coordinator of the Independent Scholars Group in Somaliland.. He holds a PhD in Political Economy. He is a specialist in participatory research and post-confl ict recovery programming, public policy and institutional development, especially in the contexts of Somaliland and Sudan.