Somalia to Kick Off Lower House Polls on Monday amid Dispute

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MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Delegates from the break-away region of Somaliland will choose two parliamentarians in a heavily-fortified area in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Monday in the first vote of the long-delayed House of People’s elections, officials said on Sunday.

Among candidates vying for the seats is the deputy prime minister Mahdi Mohamed Guled, who comes from the break-away state and is a key ally of the incumbent president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

On Sunday, Somali PM Mohamed Hussein Roble visited the police cademy of General Kahiye, where the vote will be held, to inspect ongoing preparations.

A team overseeing the vote, including the outgoing Senate leader Abdi Hashi Abdullahi issued procedures for the election, though their move has been challenged by the Dispute’s Resolution Committee.

A spokesman for the committee, Burhan Elmi Hersi said Hashi’s team claimed parts of their duty to resolve disputes that arise during the votes and warned the rival officials against undermining efforts to hold credible polls.

Delegates from the northern region, who had covered their faces due to security fears, earlier picked senators representing Somaliland at the Upper House of Somalia’s parliament, drawing threats of arrest from authorities of the self-declared state.

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