Puntland Government and Temporary Puntland Election Commission (TPEC) are missing in action with no visible preparations for elections as far as advertisements and public information are concerned. Other than occasional statements by the State President and limited officials that there will be Council Elections in the State, Puntland districts don’t feel the euphoria that comes with elections. Political associations seem nonexistent at all. The voice of small opposition elements to holding elections is louder than the proponents’. Misinformation and probability of government election failure grow by the day. TPEC seems to be concerned with technical aspects of executing elections than educating the public on the forthcoming council polls.
There is danger that misleading information, falsehoods and rumors may take hold and sway public opinion against elections. There is an urgent need to prevent this from happening and to take measures to counterattack negative information on Puntland Government intentions to hold free and fair elections. This is a wake-up call for the government, TPEC and pro-election political associations to act now before it is too late.