Published On: Sat, Jan 7th, 2017

Govt blamed for delaying voting for Somaliland’s upper house MPs

The Electoral commission for Somaliland community has accused the leaders of the outgoing Somali federal government of postponing voting for their MPs in upper house chamber in Mogadishu.

The chairman of Somaliland’s electoral commission Jama Mohamed Qalib said  the federal government is dragging its feet to conclude the electoral process of the upper house polls.

“We as the Electoral commission for Somaliland community have already accomplished our work towards the process for the election, but the federal government keep delaying the polls,” said Qalib.

He said they lodged a lawsuit to the criminal investigation department (CID) in Mogadishu over corruption, intimidation and malpractices in the electoral process by the government.

This comes amid the postponement of the Somali presidential election for the fifth time following series of delays to conclude the parliamentary elections in some regional states.

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