This in Order to avoid ‘unconstitutional’ extension
By Hassan Ali
The Representatives of International Donors based in Nairobi are said to have written a letter to H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud (Silanyo) in which they call on him to assign a scheduled date in which the voter/citizen registration process will begin so as to put in place a robust and effective voter/citizen registration system to guarantee the integrity of each and every vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.
According to Somali language Newspaper Geeska Africa had obtained through reliable sources reports stating that International community had in the letter to President Silanyo raised earlier concerns over the scheduled date for voter/citizen registration process which was expected to begin in the middle of 2014 or early 2015 so as to put in place effective preparations for the upcoming elections and in order to conducted them in a free, fair and secure manner, in accordance with International standards.
International donors in their letter to President Silanyo are said to have stated it would be almost impossible to hold elections on time in due to lack of any preparation by the current government and the present time limitation for elections to take place considering and the stretched table of the international community which is expected to play a vital role in preparing providing financial and technical support is crucial to the in any peaceful elections for the first democratic elections in Somalia which is due in 2016.
The Somaliland Government has allocated only 25% of the overall expenses needed while the remainder 75% will be funded by the International community which remains committed supporting Somaliland democratization process.
President Silanyo response to the international community is yet known. Opposition parties have been raising their concerns in the past regarding the election schedule agreed upon by all political parties and the National Election Commission.