The committee also announced the criteria set for the political organizations to fulfill in order to qualify to be registered. The spokesman of the committee Mr. Hassan Maalin said, “As you know that we agreed upon when it comes to opening the formation of political organizations. We saw that it became necessary and the interest of the people in opening formation of political organizations and the political contest to take place again.
It is great day today in announcing it and I hope that the Almighty Allah to make this good start in order to achieve what is best for the country and its people.” He added that in regard to Somaliland constitution and embracing multi-party politics number 14/2011.
The Committee issued starting from today 12th November 2011 that the registration of political organizations is officially open and will be closed on 11th January 2011. The law is in the parliament and if amendment is made, it will be applied as it is passed.
Those who do not meet the deadline, their applications will automatically be refused. The spokesman of the Committee pointed out the conditions required to be fulfilled when it comes to whoever wants to launch a new political organization.
He said, “Political organizations should submit their applications to the Central Office of the Committee in Hargeisa. They are required to write an application in making clear when and where they hold the conference of establishment of the organization. The names of leaders of the organization, plus the central council, names of founders and the process they have been elected. Structure, name, the way it is written when abbreviated of the organization is required.
Paying tax of around 150 million Somaliland shillings is another requirement.
The Chairman of committee of Registration of Political Organizations Mr. Abdirisak Jama Omar ‘Ciyaaale’ speaking at the ceremony called upon that the newly established political organizations must inclusive and not clan-based.
There has been considerable debate as to whether there is the need for additional political parties, yet it is acknowledged that in a nation that aspires to be democractic in nature there should be a mechanism to enable the emergence of new political parties that can present their vision and manifesto to the people.