TAGS: PGOV, KDEM, SOCI, PINR, SO SUBJECT: SOMALILAND - RESIGNATIONS PAVE WAY FOR NEW SOMALILAND NATIONAL ELECTION COMMISSION
REF: NAIROBI 2066
1. (SBU) Summary: Over the weekend of October 2, all of the members of the disputed Somaliland National Election Commission (NEC) resigned, paving the way for the appointment of a new,hopefully less controversial NEC that could go some way in preparing the ground for the much-postponed presidential elections. Kulmiye opposition party Chairman Ahmed Silanyo in an October 5 telephone conversation from Hargeisa, was cautiously optimistic that progress on elections could be made. He thought that the Guurti (the Council of Elders) could vote on the seven new NEC members by as early as October 7. Silanyo's optimism was tempered by memories of recent past failures to move the election process forward, however. End summary.
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