Published On: Sat, Nov 19th, 2016

Gunmen disrupt lower house election in Jowhar

Heavy gunfire was heard outside the polling station in Jowhar on Friday night after a dispute between parliamentary candidates over the ballot results, reports said.

Gunmen who fired shots and turned off power during the second round of the voting between Somali minister for youth and sports and two other contenders.

At least three people, including son of Hir-Shabelle vice president Ali Abdullah Hussein Guudlaawe were hurt in the confrontation at Jowhar polling station.

During the first round, the outgoing minister for youth and sports Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan (Nuuh) got 21 votes and lost to his contender Ahmed Sheikh who received 23 votes, while the third candidate gained 7 votes.

Before the start of the second round the election, verbal fight broke out between the minister and his rival challenger which sparked the exchange of the gunfire.

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