Stand for Somaliland Institutions
political process to function fairly and democratically
at all times would need solid institutions in unison
with vibrant civil society that acts as the cohesion in
our social fabric. The involvement of Institutions and
civil society affords us a stronger anchor to h edges
our fragile democracy and platform where differences of
opinions prevail from the discourse of tolerant
citizenry and the beating drums of political parties
divisiveness that induce tension with tribal connotation
are muted out.
The democratic system that our hopes are hinged on is in
need of deeper underpinning th at is equally rooted by
traditional elders, religious leaders, students, women
organization s, youth groups and civil society in
general, these modes are the nexus of informed citiz
enry that espouse common values of our society. The more
proper institutions embedded in our political sphere the
more we can flourish as a one country and people. Our
democr atic process will only be enriched and
strengthened by the various institutions in our soci ety
like the customary practices in our traditional system,
the Islamic tenets in our laws and guidelines and
procedures enshrined in civil organizations.
As a society we are indebted to the institutions that
currently toil for peace and coexiste nce in our country
without credit and those that operate in fairness and
neutrality. Somaliland National Electoral Commission
(NEC) has been a national treasure that demons trated
its neutrality in 2010 presidential elections and thus
far has been able to coordin ate with all the parties to
conduct their campaigns and rallies in safe manner. The
institut ion of higher education and the people in the
academia realm and all the university stude nts whose
competence and professionalism remains indispensable,
for example university of Hargeisa had over thousand
students scattered across the country attending to the
polling station in this local municipal elections.
Somaliland Journalists and media that adh ere to higher
standard, the Guurti and all the elders that constantly
safeguard peace and stress the importance of harmony,
all deserve our gratitude.
We are compelled to go beyond politicians and political
parties in order for our sowed see ds of democracy to
bore the needed public goods of alleviating the plight
of our greater communities through the will and shared
sacrifice of our citizens. Somalilandís democratic
plurality needs Institutions and civil society
spearheaded by responsible citizens guided by the social
norms that are based on the cooperation of the
communities that they gov ern.
Institutions and civil society are more responsive and
compatible with the collective aspir ations and the
common interest of every Somalilander to better his/her
country. Somalilandís national conscience can be
solidified from such grass-root level where diver gent
positions on issues can be hammered out, and the
neutrality and fairness that we demand as a community,
society and country come from the consensus build
through such public involvement.
If we only spend a fraction of the time that we spent on
politicians and political parties then investing on our
institutions we would be on a better footing right now.
Stand for Somaliland Institutions Prior to Politicians &
their political parties.