By Ismail Akwei

In its quest to inform and support the electoral process in Somalia, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) stepped on the wrong foot of the people of self-declared independent Somaliland on Twitter and in press statements.

UNSOM’s offence was tweeting and releasing statements about Somaliland’s participation in Somalia’s election, which was indeed the case as some candidates “representing” Somaliland were voted into the parliament in Mogadishu.

Examples of the tweets are: “3 women elected today 2 seats in House of People from #Somaliland, 10 of 26 #Somaliland MPs-elect are female for 38% share of seats so far”, and “Elections for MPs representing Somaliland community to resume soon. delegates occupy their seats. #SIEIT on its final Pre #Doorashada2016”.

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