2021 Somaliland parliamentary election

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2021 Somaliland parliamentary election

← 2005 31 May 2021[1]

82 seats in the House of Representatives of Somaliland
42 seats needed for a majority
  Muse Bihi official portrait 2017 (3x4 crop).jpg Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullah Cirro (3x4 crop).png Faisal Ali Warabe (3x4 crop).jpg
Leader Muse Bihi Abdi Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi Faysal Ali Warabe
Party Kulmiye Waddani UCID
Leader since 2010 2012 2001
Last election 28 seats, 34.1% 21 seats, 26.9%

Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in Somaliland in May 2021, alongside local district elections.[2]

The elections have been tentatively scheduled and postponed numerous times since the last parliamentary polls in 2005.[3] Most recently, the vote was scheduled for March, and then August, 2019, before the National Electoral Commission declared it could not be held that year.[4]

On 12 July 2020, Somaliland's three main political parties reached an agreement to hold parliamentary and local elections by the end of the year.[5][6] After several weeks of negotiations with the National Electoral Commission on the practicability of organizing elections in that time, a revised date of May 2021 was settled upon.[7][8]

Electoral system[edit]

MPs are elected in six multi-member constituencies coterminous with the Regions of Somaliland, using open list proportional representation for a five-year term.

Somaliland party leaders agree on 2021 election terms

Number of voters[edit]

The number of voters in the parliamentary and Local Council elections in Somaliland 2021

One million and three thousand people have registered to vote in Somaliland's parliamentary and local elections. 900 candidates are vying for less than 400 seats.[9]


  1. ^ Admin (2021-01-16). "Somaliland National Electoral Commission to Slate Election Schedule". The Republic of Somaliland. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  2. ^ "Somaliland: Major Election Stakeholders Concur on May 2021 Polls". Somaliland Sun. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Walls, Michael; Pegg, Scott. "Analysis | Somaliland votes next week. Its biggest challenges come after the election". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  4. ^ "Parliamentary election may be delayed more than a year in Somaliland". 15 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Somaliland's political parties agreement - Somalia". ReliefWeb. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  6. ^ "Somaliland: Political Parties Order NEC to Prepare a Late 2020 Election Schedule within a Fortnight". Somaliland Sun. 12 July 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Major stakeholders unable to reach a truce on Somaliland's election date". Somaliland.com. 15 August 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Somaliland political parties strike deal with Electoral Commission over elections". Garowe Online. 24 August 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ https://slnec.com/nec/2021/05/12/kdq-ayaa-maanta-ku-dhawaaqay-tirada-kama-dambaysta-ah-ee-codbixiyayaasha-doorashada-aqalka-wakiilada-golayaasha-deegaanka-jsl-codayn-doona/