Will Ross Africa editor, BBC World Service
Voters in the self-declared republic of Somaliland are casting their ballots in parliamentary and municipal elections – some of which are overdue by 10 years.
Many people there hope the elections will boost its chances of gaining international recognition as an independent state.
Although Somaliland has its own passport, currency, flag, government and army, the territory is not recognised as a sovereign country.
Anyone over the age of 15 is eligible to vote in the election – which is being observed by several prominent political figures including Uganda’s Kizza Besigye and the Kenyan anti-corruption campaigner John Githongo.
Somaliland’s foreign ministry tweeted a picture of President Muse Abdi voting: