Shukri Ismail

Focus Area(s)
Critical Tasks
Election schedules
Voter education
Voter registration
Richard Bennet and Michael Woldemariam
Country of Reform
Hargeisa, Somaliland
Date of Interview
Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shukri Ismail discusses the formation and work of Somaliland’s first national election commission. She explains the difficulties the commission faced organizing Somaliland’s first elections, which included a difficult voter registration process, setting the election timetable and dealing with weak and newly formed state institutions and untested election law. Ismail also discusses the difficulties with political party formation, hiring and training election staff and the potential for violence when the commission ultimately determined the presidential election had been won by 80 votes. She also touches on working with international consultants, the electoral commission’s relationship with the media, the role of the clan in Somaliland’s elections, the lessons learned from Somaliland’s first elections and the challenges still ahead.

Case Study:  Nurturing Democracy in the Horn of Africa: Somaliland's First Elections, 2002-2005

Full Interview

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Shukri Ismail Interview

At the time of this interview Shukri Ismail was the founder and director of Candle Light, a health, education, and environment non-profit based in Somaliland. She was the only female national election commissioner with Somaliland’s first National Election Commission.

codes of conduct
dispute resolution
Donor Relations
Election Management Body
election schedules
election security
media relations
polling supplies
results declaration
rural voter registration
staff performance
vote counting
voter education
voter fraud
Voter Registration
Not specified