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Elections in Puntland
[Self-declared, autonomous region of Somalia; Not Internationally Recognized]
 
Political Profile 
President: Abdirahman Mohamed Farole [since 8 January 2009]. The president is elected by the House of Representatives for a 4-year term.
House of Representatives [Unicameral] (66 Seats): Largely consultative legislative body
Political Parties: Political Parties are banned in Puntland
 
Election Results
(All elections held in Puntland to date have been indirect.)
 
Presidential [Non-Partisan]: 2001, 2005, 2009
 
Note: Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed was chosen as the first president of Puntland in 1998 by a delegation of traditional leaders for a three year term. Yusuf's term expired on 30 June 2001 after an unsuccessful bid to extend his term. Yusuf Haji Nur was declared acting president the next day and held the position until 14 November 2001, when a new election was held.
 
 
14 November 2001 Presidential Election* (Chosen by a delegation of traditional leaders)

Total Votes

Not Available

Abstentions/Invalid Votes

Not Available

Total Valid Votes

468

Candidate Number of Votes
Jama Ali Jama 238 (50.85%)
Others 230 (49.15%)
*Following the election, forces loyal to former president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, who refused to recognize the result, attacked and captured the capital Garowe on 21 November 2001. Clashes continued until 8 May 2002 when Yusuf's forces seized the last remaining stronghold of Jama Ali Jama, Bossaso, thus controlling Puntland.
 
Note: Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed was elected transitional president of Somalia in October 2004. Mohamed Abdi Hashi served as interim president until 8 January 2005, when a new election was held.
 
8 January 2005 Presidential Election (Chosen by members of the House of Representatives)
First Round

Total Votes

65

Abstentions/Invalid Votes

  0

Total Valid Votes

65

Second Round

Total Votes

65

Abstentions/Invalid Votes

  0

Total Valid Votes

65

Third Round

Total Votes

65

Abstentions/Invalid Votes

  0

Total Valid Votes

65

Candidate First Round Second Round Third Round
Mohamud Muse Hersi "Adde" 18 (27.69%) 21 (32.31%) 35 (53.85%)
Mohamed Abdi Hashi 27 (41.54%) 29 (44.62%) 30 (46.15%)
Abdirahman Mohamed Farole 15 (23.08%) 15 (23.08%) -
Abshir Muse Said 5 (7.69%) - -
 
8 January 2009 Presidential Election (Chosen by members of the House of Representatives)
First Round

Total Votes

66

Abstentions/Invalid Votes

  0

Total Valid Votes

66

Second Round

Total Votes

66

Abstentions/Invalid Votes

  0

Total Valid Votes

66

Third Round

Total Votes

66

Abstentions/Invalid Votes

  0

Total Valid Votes

66

Candidate First Round Second Round Third Round
Abdirahman Mohamed Farole 25 (37.88%) 33 (50.00%) 49 (74.24%)
Abdullahi Ahmed Jama "Ilkajir" 14 (21.21%) 18 (27.27%) 17 (25.76%)
Nuradin Adan Diriye 8 (12.12%) 11 (16.67%) -
Mohamud Muse Hersi "Adde" 8 (12.12%) 4 (6.06%) -
Adan Mohamed Gadale 4 (6.06%) - -
Said Mohamed Rage 4 (6.06%) - -
Ali Abdi Aware 3 (4.55%) - -
Omar Ali Farjac 0 (0.00%) - -