Somalia’s Electoral Body Orders Election Re-run for Two Parliamentary Seats After Fraud Claims

Mohamed Irro

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – In a letter issued on Sunday, Somalia’s electoral body nullified results of two parliamentary seats and ordered re-run of election after probe into allegations of fraud and manipulation had been completed.

Former speaker of parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari had been blocked from running for one of the disputed seats and an ally of Southwest region’s president won the parliamentary position in an uncontested vote.

Sareedo Mohamed Abdalla has been re-elected to the other seat, which she had earlier sat during the term of Somalia’s outgoing parliament.

The electoral body says its investigation has found that procedures earlier agreed by members of the National Consultative Council were not followed during elections for the two seats and ordered votes to be held again.

Speaking to Universal TV, head of the electoral body Mohamed Irro said the elections would not be stopped, but his team would try to take corrective measures and invalidate results of seats whose votes did not follow procedures for parliamentary polls.

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