Somaliland today is widely regarded to have one of the most thriving democracies in East Africa. It held its presidential elections – the country’s third since 2003 – on 13 November 2017, electing a new president, Muuse Biixi Cabdi of the Kulmiye party.
Somaliland decides brings to life the spirit of those elections. The photos in this series, taken by British documentary photographer Kate Stanworth, explore citizens’ passionate campaigning and voting, as well as civil society’s role in preparing, observing and monitoring the process. They capture Somalilanders in action at polling stations, call centres, and on the streets – before, during and after the lively three-party contest.
Saferworld and SONSAF are proud to have played a part in Somaliland’s election history. We will continue to work alongside citizens and their new government as they look forward to building further steps towards recognition and democracy.
Header and divider images ©Kate Stanworth/Saferworld