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Somaliland hold a historic election in the Region…

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The self-proclaimed state of Somaliland held a historic election for new president an election intended to strengthen the democratic status of Somaliland a peaceful transitions of power putting people’s will on the front of the agenda.

Somali’s northern Region has been more stable compared the rest of Somalia. Somaliland has been striving towards getting recognition and a secession from the rest of Somalia after the collapse of Somali’s central Government under Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.


Three political parties are running for the state’s top office, seasoned politicians Muse Bihi of the ruling Kulmiye party and opposition candidates Abdirahman Iro and Faysal Ali Warabe, who was defeated in the previous election of 2010.

 

Elections are held in Somaliland after every five years; however the poll was delayed for two years due to natural calamities like drought and other technical related issues.

Incumbent president Ahmed Mohamud Silaanyo is not seeking re-election hence an indication of maturity and growth of the Somaliland’s semi autonomous region.

Campaigning wrapped up on Friday after weeks of rallies around the region for Somaliland’s third democratic election.

The vote is set to be the most sophisticated yet with some 700,000 voters registered using biometric eye scanners which will identify them before they cast their ballots.

“The sophisticated equipment which was used to register voters reads the eye of the individual, and it’s the first time such equipment is used in elections,” said Said Ali Muse, spokesman for the national electoral commission.

He said social media will be suspended during the counting of votes amid concerns of interference from outside the borders of the semi-autonomous state and speculation over results.

“It is very difficult to control social media and the overall media, but we have requested the communication companies to temporarily suspend the social media platforms,” said Muse.

The ban will go into effect after polls close at 6 pm (1500 GMT).

Human Rights Watch bemoaned the move to curb social media in a statement on Friday, saying that if Somaliland authorities were concerned about fake news and social unrest they should “disseminate accurate information and discourage violence.”

Somaliland writer and activist Barkhad Dahir, said the election was crucial to proving the state’s democratic credentials.

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