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About the National Independent Electoral Commission

Vision

Our vision is to build trust and confidence of the Somali people in the electoral process by establishing an election administration framework conducive to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.

Mission

The NIEC is an independent body that promotes and safeguards the aspirations of the Somali people to achieve sustainable peace, unity and democracy, by organizing and supervising all types of elections and refer end as mandated by the Constitution in an accountable and transparent manner.

Core Values

We are committed to electoral democracy and obtaining the trust of all stakeholders in the electoral process through consultation and are guided by the following principles:

  • Impartiality;
  • Integrity;
  • Accountability;
  • Transparency;
  • Participation;
  • Responsiveness;
  • Respect;
  • Exclusivity;
  • Sustainability.

Legal Background

The National Independent Electoral Commission was established by virtue of Article 111G of the Constitution, which also defines its duties and its independence from the government’s executive branches. This Commission was established in accordance with a national law that was enacted by the Federal Parliament in February 2015. The enactment of this law is based on and is clearly specified in Article 47 of the Constitution which enacts Somalia’s National Independent Electoral Commission law.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Commission

As specified in Article 111G of the Constitution, and also in Article 14 of the NIEC law, the Commission has extensive duties and responsibilities, which include the following:

  • Preparation and management of elections at federal, regional and district levels.
  • Delimitation of electoral wards, registration of the voters and counting the votes.
  • Organizing and monitoring the political parties in accordance with the law on the registration of political parties and other laws of the country, and also the political process and policies of the political parties shall be observed.
  • Facilitating, monitoring, managing and evaluating elections, at all levels.
  • Raising public awareness on the general conduct of the elections, instructions and any other matters related to the elections.
  • Announcement of the results of the elections and the settlement of electoral disputes.

Members of the Commission

The selection of the NIEC members is in accordance with the procedures prescribed in the electoral commission law and has undergone three stages which are as follows:

  • Sorting and screening of the applicants’ CVs which was conducted by an independent committee not associated with the executive branches of the government.
  • Selection and nomination by the cabinet, which is the executive body responsible for this activity.
  • The members of the Commission were approved and received a vote of confidence by the Parliament through a secret ballot and one member at a time.

The nine members of the Commission, which consists of former ministers, former members of Parliament, legal experts, former directors, civil society leaders and reputable individuals were following approval sworn in before the Federal Parliament on 22 July, 2015.

General Principles of the Commission

  • Independence: as specified in the Constitution of the country.
  • Neutrality: neutral in matters of all political institutions and authorities in the country.
  • Transparency: the Commission adapts a policy that is clear, transparent and free of ambiguities.
  • Consultation: the Commission shall adapt a policy that is based on consultation and sharing of advice while reaching out to the different parts of society.
  • Unity: the Commission strives to strengthen the unity and integrity of the Somali people.