Gunmen disrupt Galmudug state Lower house election
Gunmen have disrupted the lower house voting in Adado, the headquarters of the semi-autonomous state of Galmudug on Monday, delegates confirmed.
Engineer Abdirahman Mohamed Osman, former state minister of Somalia’s Planning & International Cooperation has confirmed the incident to Radio Shabelle by phone
He said clan militiamen have seized the polling station in Adado and blocked the electoral delegates from voting among candidates running for the lower house seats.
Today’s incident has postponed the ballot the delegates were expected to vote among several candidates competing for three seats allocated their sub-clans.
Somali clan elders selected an electorate of some 14,000 delegates, who were organized into electoral colleges are electing the 275 members of parliament.
According to the schedule, 30 percent of the number is reserved for women.
Incumbent president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is standing for re-election.