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Maria Axfeldt, Police Advisor with UNSOM in Baidoa, gives a briefing on a new policing model during a workshop training session in Baidoa, Somalia, on 6 December, 2016. UN Photo.

A female delegate casts her vote in the Somaliland election to vote a member of parliament into Somalia's House of the People in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 12 December 2016. UN Photo

Abdirisak Omar Ahmed, a law student of SIMAD University, said, "My desire is to see the restoration of the rule of law and that is what is happening now. The extension of the Electoral College to other regions other than Mogadishu is good for the stability of the country. I am pleased with the electoral process. The difference between 2012 and the current process, is in its inclusiveness."  UN Photo

"I believe cultural change will favour women, especially when we move to party politics, where leaders are elected on the basis of their manifestos and not gender,” the words of Suldan Warsame Suldan Alio Ibrow, an influential clan elder from Somalia’s South West state.

Mohamud Hassan Elmi, Deputy Chair of the Jubbaland State Level Indirect Electoral Independent Team says they benefited greatly from the support of the state authorities which gave them the independence to conduct their work unhindered.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating and the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira in a discussion with the President of Galmudug State, Abdikarim Hussein Guled during a visit to assess the ongoing electoral process in Galmudug State, on 26 November 2016

Muna Khalif Sheikh Abuu, an MP-elect from South West State at the polling center during the electoral process to choose members of the Lower House of the Somali federal Parliament in Baidoa, Somalia on November 26, 2016. UN Photo / Sabir Olad