EISA Somalia: Support to election management bodies

Support to MOIFAR election officials


Workshop for ministerial election officials

Updated October 2017

MOGADISHU - In the pursuit of its programme's objectives in Somalia, EISA gathered 37 officials from all the departments of the The Ministry Of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation (MOIFAR) for a workshop on September 26 in Mogadishu for a review of the Electoral Law Working Group's activities and the Way Forward.

Mr Abdullahi Mohamud Hassan, Permanent Secretary, MoIFAR, opened the Session by thanking EISA for its support to the Ministry and wished a fruitful discussion to all the participants

The Electoral Law Working Group (ELWG) which is tasked to oversee the drafting of the Electoral Law updated the participants on the recent activities of the group before engaging in discussions about the look ahead. Participants interacted and agreed on propelling an inclusive and participatory Electoral Law drafting process and deliver the final result in due time. EISA trained the participants on the Electoral Cycle, the role of the Electoral Law in post-conflict state building policy and the importance of the strategic planning in the Electoral Law drafting process. The workshop provided a simulation of the interpretation of the Electoral Law on voting-day to sustain principles discussed in different sessions.

The workshop was also a response to the request from the MoIFAR for EISA to extend the training given to the ELWG on September 13 to the other departments of the Ministry so that the officials are at the same level of understanding of this key mandate of the MoIFAR. The officials participating in the workshop described the training as invaluable in content and in methodology.

Somalia is preparing for the universal suffrage elections planned to take place in 2020 and EISA has been providing support to the MoIFAR and other stakeholders since 2014. The Electoral law drafting process is still at an early stage

Regional CSOs' Forum on outcome for 2016 Election
Workshop for Electoral Law Working Group

Updated October 2017

During a preparatory workshop held on September 13, 2017 in Mogadishu, Somalia EISA trained the Electoral Law Working Group (ELWG) of the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation (MoIFAR). The agenda included the Electoral Cycle and electoral stakeholders, the instruments and benchmarks for the conduct of credible elections, and the role and importance of an electoral law.

As Somalia is gearing up for the universal suffrage for the 2020 elections, the MoIFAR has appointed a working group tasked with overseeing drafting of the Electoral Law. MoIFAR in general and ELWG, in particular, have embarked on a series of training workshops to build capacity and enable staff members of MoIFAR to gain an understanding of the electoral law, electoral systems, and election process. In support to MoIFAR, EISA organised the preparatory workshop for the ELWG core team member to lay a foundation for ensuing activities.

Participants engaged in an interactive discussion on the content. Following the debate, the Gender Unit of the MoIFAR raised the importance of assuring that the electoral law strives to enhance the participation of women across the electoral cycle and not only on Election Day. EISA was thanked for its support and another workshop will be convened for a review of the activities of the ELWG and for EISA to extend the training to more staff members of the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation.

Consultative meeting with Somali CSOs


National Independent Electoral Commission/CSOs dialogue facilitation

Updated October 2015

EISA Somalia facilitated a two day 'Let's Talk Elections' meeting between the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) and civil society on 12 and 13 September 2015. Since the selection of the NIEC Commissioners in July, this was the first interaction between the NIEC and civil society in Somalia.

Workshop for the Electoral Commission's Technical Selection Committee

Updated June 2015

From the 11-13 April 2015, EISA Somalia conducted a workshop for the independent Technical Selection Committee (TSC) of the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) and the Boundaries and Federalism Commission (BFC). The TSC was tasked with providing a shortlist of 27 candidates for each Commission and present it to parliament for the final vetting and ratification of the 9 members of each Commission. The technical workshop focused on:

  • aspects of election management;
  • the role of the Commissions; as well as
  • the methodologies for the selection of the candidates for the Commissions.

EISA Somalia was supported by the Marx Planck Institute in the roll-out of their program activities.

2014 Workshop on electoral systems conducted

EISA, along with international partners from UNSOM, Conflict Dynamics International and Interpeace, held a workshop on the different electoral systems in post-conflict countries. The workshop was held in Djibouti and attended by representatives from the Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs and the Parliamentary Committee on Elections. The workshop was aimed at sensitising the two institutions to the different electoral systems, and to encourage them to carefully consider the best option for Somalia.