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STORY: We are set to redraw our electoral boundaries, Somali electoral officials say DURATION: 3:17 SOURCE: AMISOM PUBLIC INFORMATION RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to thenewsroom@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AMISOM PUBLIC INFORMATION LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATURAL SOUND DATELINE: 25/APRIL/2018, NAIROBI, KENYA SHOT LIST 1. Wide shot, participants present during the workshop on Electoral Boundaries Delimitation for Somalia 2. Med shot, participants present during the workshop on Electoral Boundaries Delimitation for Somalia 3. Close up, a participant present during the workshop Electoral Boundaries Delimitation for Somalia 4. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Halima Ismail Ibrahim, Chairperson the National Independent Electoral Commission of Somalia “When I was coming from Mogadishu, I didn’t have the knowledge that I have now. We thought that it was a simple thing, the delimitation of boundaries for elections, and we were planning to do it around 2019 but before we start we need to take (various) steps, you need a lot of principles to follow, you must have a legal framework whether it’s from parliament or even from the NIEC, we have found that we are in a real critical situation. We must start the process as soon as we go back. We studied Kenya situation, we studied Nigeria how they did and we studied also Tunisia and the most important (one) that opened our eyes was DRC, how they did it and how the territory was complicated, and how the country was divided, how infrastructure was destroyed and how there was interference of the foreign countries and their military. So, when we studied that we said if DRC did this, Somalia’s will be very easy to do it. And we are confident we can do it.” 5. Wide shot, participants present during the workshop on Electoral Boundaries Delimitation for Somalia 6. Med shot, participants present during the workshop on Electoral Boundaries delimitation for Somalia 7. Close up, Haji Ssebirumbi, AMISOM Senior Political Affairs Officer 8. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Ali Mohamed Mohamud, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Interior of the Federal Government of Somalia. “We gained a lot of inside information especially when we compared different countries, how they did it, regular, normal countries that didn’t have any problems and also post-conflict countries. So that helped us to prepare ourselves for the coming 2020 elections.” 9. Wide shot, participants present during the workshop on Electoral Boundaries Delimitation for Somalia 10. Med shot, participants present during the workshop on Electoral Boundaries Delimitation for Somalia 11. Close up, a participant present during the workshop on Electoral Boundaries Delimitation for Somalia 12. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Guy Cyrille Tapoko, Acting Head of the Democracy and Electoral Unit, African Union Commission. “All these contexts were selected with the view of giving all the dynamics to the members of the electoral commission of Somalia and also other stakeholders to understand what is really about this electoral boundaries delimitation for them to (also) understand what are the dynamics, what are the criteria, what are the principles that they may need to consider when they have to think about their own electoral boundaries delimitation.” 13. Wide shot, participants are awarded with certificates at the end of the workshop 14. Med shot, participants are awarded with certificates at the end of the workshop 15. Close up, participants are awarded with certificates at the end of the workshop 16. Close up, participants are awarded with certificates at the end of the workshop 17. Med shot, participants are awarded with certificates at the end of the workshop 18. Wide shot, participants are awarded with certificates at the end of the workshop We are set to redraw our electoral boundaries, Somali electoral officials say Nairobi, 26 April 2018 - Somalia’s National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) officials are now set to embark on the electoral boundary delimitation exercise following intensive three-day training in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The Commission’s chairperson, Halima Ismail Ibrahim, said the exercise will start in earnest next year ahead of the one-person one-vote elections in 2020. The three-day training, facilitated by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and supported by the African Union Commission, brought together 24 participants drawn from NIEC, various ministries, Office of the President and Office of the Prime Minister. Halima said while they had planned to start the process in 2020, they realized after their training that the exercise was urgent and required a lot of work hence their decision to immediately embark on the process.