A well organized ceremony to launch the election’s dictionary and the five year strategic plan was held in Mogadishu on 11th December 2017 by the NIEC. The purpose of the event was to unveil dictionary containing the electoral terminologies as well as presenting a five year strategic plan of the NIEC. The event was attended by the leaders of the Federal Government of Somalia, MPs, Somali politicians, political parties, civil society organizations, youth representatives, the media as well as NIEC international partners.
The elections terminologies dictionary was prepared by Somali experts namely; Ahmad Farah Ali (Idaajaa), Abdifatah Abdullahi Ga’ma-dhere and Yusuf Garad.
The experts who greatly contributed to the preparation of the dictionary talked about the different stages in which the formulation of this dictionary went through. They also emphasized the significance of the dictionary for the general public and the success of the 2020 elections in particular.The Governor of Benadir region Mr Tabit Abdi spoke of his
delight to attend the launch of this dictionary. In his remarks the governor also encouraged the NIEC to realize the dreams of the Somali people and conduct one-man-one-vote election in 2020. The governor also spoke of his hope that credible elections will be held since he said that the NIEC is doing an incredible job and they are on course to organize the elections on time. The deputy representative of the UN’s General Secretary for Somalia Mr. Raisedon Zenenga also thanked the NIEC for their great efforts in ensuring the country holds one man one vote elections in 2020. He also said that the unveiling of this dictionary and the strategic plan is an encouraging sign for both the Somali people and the international partners who are assisting Somalia’s electoral process. Mr Hussein Abdi Adam; one of the commissioners of the NIEC who is also the head of the outreach department spoke about the different stages in which the production of the dictionary went through. He also highlighted that the dictionary will be regularly updated and improved. The commissioner also underlined the importance of the dictionary in enriching the Somali language. It will also greatly enhance the Somali people’s understanding of the electoral process he said.
Honourable MP Fowzia who was speaking on behalf of the recently registered political parties spoke of her happiness towards the progress which the NIEC was making. Mr Jamal Hassan, the minister of planning of the FGS also appreciated the great work the NIEC is doing. Furthermore, the minister articulated that his ministry will be working with the NIEC in several areas like population census as well as voter registration.
Lastly, the chairperson of the NIEC, Mrs. Halima Ismail thanked all those who attended the launching ceremony and their acceptance of the NIEC invitation. She promised to the Somali people that the Electoral Commission will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the country will hold credible elections in 2020.