Elections in Somaliland
Political System: Emerging Democracy [Not Internationally Recognized]
President: Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud Silanyo (KULMIYE) [Since 27 July 2010; elected 2010]. The President is elected by direct popular vote for a 5-year term. Electoral System: First Past The Post.
--House of Elders (82 Seats) A largely advisory body consisting of traditional leaders; members serve 6-year terms.
--House of Representatives (82 Seats) Members elected by direct popular vote using the party-list proportional representation system; members serve 5-year terms.
Electoral Authority: National Electoral Commission
Political Situation since "Independence"
1991-2003 Transitional Government
2003- Emerging Democracy
2012 Freedom House Rating: Political Rights - 4, Civil Liberties - 5, Status: Partly Free
Next Scheduled Presidential Election: 2015
Next Scheduled House of Representatives Election: 2012
Political Parties: KULMIYE - Peace, Unity, and Development Party, UCID - Justice and Welfare Party, UDUB - Unity of Democrats Party.
Last Updated: 26 December 2010