History of NEC

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On November 29, 2014, the House of Representatives approved the 4th Commission, which successfully completed the first iris biometric voter registration project in their first year in office.This system attracted the attention of  numerous experts, researchers and academic institutions.So far Notre Dame University, Georgetown University, ID4Africa and dozens of international journals and news outlets have published articles about Somaliland’s use of the ris voter registration system.

The Commissioners are:

  1. Abdulqadir Iman Warsame
  2. Mohamoud  Hassan Wais
  3. Said Ali Musa
  4. Abdifatah Ibrahim Hassan
  5. Mohamed  Jama Mohamed
  6. Kaltun Sh. Hassan Abdi
  7. Abdirahaman Osman Aadan

The Third Electoral Commission (2009 – 2014)

On October 24, 2009, the House of Representatives approved the 3rd NEC, which successfully cleaned up the  voter registry and redistributed close to 1.2 million new cards in eight months.It held the second presidential elections, which assured a  smooth transfer of power from the incumbent president to the opposition party. A 3rd NEC successfully organized the 2012 local council elections contested by the  largest number of parties/association contested (seven parties/Associations, from which three  qualified as national parties).


The Commissioners were:

  1. Mohamed Ahmed Hirsi.
  2. Essa Yusuf Mohamed
  3. Ali-Khadar Hassan Osman
  4. Abdifatah Ibrahim Hassan.
  5. Farah Abib Adan.
  6. Rabi CabdiMaxamed.
  7. Abdirahman Mohamed Ismail.

The Second Electoral Commission (2007 – 2009)

On  June 2, 2007, the House of Representatives approved the 2nd NEC and this commission succeeded in conducting the first biometric voter registration in 2008/9.

NEC Two was dissolved after a six-point political agreement between the government and political parties


The Commissioners were:

  1. Jama Mohamoud Egeh
  2. Mohamed Ismail Mohamed
  3. Hirsi Haji Ali Hassan (replaced by Ali Mohamad Abdillahi)
  4. Mohamed Yusuf Ahmed
  5. Ahmed Mohamed Haji Dahir (replaced byKhadar Gulaid)
  6. Ismail Muse Nur
  7. Hassan Mohamed Omer ( replaced byHassan Omar Hori)

The First Electoral Commission (2002-2007)

The first Somaliland Electoral Commission members – from 2002 to 2007 – succeeded in holding the first series of democratic elections in Somaliland which started with local elections in December, 2002, followed by a presidential election in 2003 and parliamentary (House of Representatives) elections in 2005.

The Somaliland National Electoral Commission managed in the space of four months to successfully implement two free and fair elections (the Local Council Elections  December 15, 2002 and the Presidential elections April 14, 2003 with limited technical and financial assistance).


The Commissioners were:

  1. Axmed  Xaaji Cali
  2. Abdilahi Xaaji Cumar
  3. Shukri Xaaji Ismaciil
  4. Muuse Maxamed  Jaamac
  5. Axmed Aadan Goodir
  6. Maxamed Sh. Cabdilaahi
  7. Maxamud Garaad Maxamed