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April 28, 2010

Election officials back June poll in Somaliland

Filed under: NEWS — somaliland247 @ 9:38 pm

Source: Reuters
* Many errors in voter list corrected-official

* Some 1.1 million people registered to vote

By Hussein Ali Noor HARGEISA, April 28 (Reuters) – Somaliland’s presidential elections slated for June were given a stamp of approval on Wednesday by the Somaliland election commission. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) said it had completed a voter registration list that corrected many errors, which had been the reason given by clan elders for repeatedly extending the term of President Dahir Riyale Kahin. “We have a sound voter registration list with which we can hold a presidential election in June 2010,” NEC spokesman Mohamed Ahmed Hirsi Ghelle told a news conference. “All correction of errors in the voter system has been completed.”

Ghelle said the list had 1.1 million people on it and was acceptable for the long-awaited election. He said the list would be refined again in May.

Somaliland — which has sought international recognition as sovereign state — is governed by the opposition-led House of Representatives, which is elected by the people, and an upper house comprised of senior clan elders.


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