SOMALILAND PRESIDENTIAL AND LOCAL ELECTIONS LAW 2001
AND ITS FIVE AMENDMENTS IN 2009, 2010, 2011 AND 2012 (2)
18/09/2012: Updated page by adding the English language version of the Consolidated copy of the 2001 Election Law (see below)
05/09/2012: With the passing of two more Amendments Schedules in July and August 2012, The 2001 Presidential and Local Elections Law has now been amended five times since 2009 in the form of 5 different Amendment Schedules. Copies of the Law as originally passed and a separate copy of each of the five Amendments Schedules is available below. However, as the polling date of 28 November 2012 approaches and with no official consolidation of the Law and all its amendments, I have prepared an unofficial Consolidation of the Law and all it amendments which is available below. It will very difficult for laymen and lawyers alike to glean quickly from the original law and the 5 schedules what the current position is in respect of each article. The amendments affected 37 of the 66 Articles (57% of the Law) and some of the latter Schedules amended the previous amendments. This consolidation lists at the end all the articles affected by each schedule.
Somalilandlaw.com Consolidation of the 2001 Election Law and All it 5 Amendments to date (05/09/2012) & 18/09/2012:
- Xeerkii Doorashooyinka 20/2001 & Wax ka Beddelkiis oo isku Dhafan:
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- Somalilandlaw.com Consolidated copy of Election Law 20/2001 & Amendments (in English - PDF) (18/09/2012)
TEXTS OF THE ORIGINAL 2001 LAW & COPIES OF THE 5 AMENDMENTS SCHEDULES:
(In Somali - pdf )
22 December 2011: The 2001 Presidential & Local Elections Law (Amendments Schedule No. 3) 2011 has be signed into Law by the President on 13 December 2011. The Presidential Decree (No. 0182/122011) dated 13 December 2011 sets out in full the two provisions of the amendment law as follows:
- Article 22 of the Law has been replaced by a new Article 22 which introduces open lists rather the closed lists used previously.
- Article 33(4) has been amended so that the 35 year age limit for local district council candidacy has been lowered to 25 years.
May 2010: Somaliland Presidential & Local Elections Law 2001 as amended in 2009 & 2010 Law No. 21/2001 - Unofficial Somalilandlaw.com Consolidation of the Law with all its Amendments:
(SEE ABOVE FOR THE UP TO DATE 2012 LAW]
Somali version: Wax ka beddelka Xeerkan ee 2009kii wuxuu ku qoranyahay qoraal buuran oo leexsan, kuwii 2010kii waxay ku qoranyihiin qoraal leexsan oo hoos ka xariiqan.
English version: This English language version of the Law is based on my 2001 translation with the new amendments added in italics. Clauses/sub clauses or words which have been replaced entirely have been omitted. I have also revised the previous extensive footnotes to the 2001 law published in the Somaliland Electoral Laws Handbook and left in this consolidation only those footnotes which are essential to understanding the text or which point to the other relevant laws or the 2010 Electoral Code of Conduct. The footnotes do not appear in the Somali language unofficial consolidation of this law which is also available in the website.
For more information about the other Electoral Laws and the Electoral Codes of Conduct, please see the Somaliland Electoral Laws Page.