Somaliland:Kulmiye wants election in time, reiterating the President’s pledge

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As opposition parties cast aspersions and show reservations to the contrary

The ruling Kulmiye political party has reiterated that the forthcoming presidential elections ought to be held as scheduled.

The party’s spokesman was echoing the President H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mohamud Silanyo’s pledge that time and again held that the election must be held in time as slated.

He was speaking shortly after coming out of a meeting held by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Saturday 7th January 2017 that brought together all major stakeholders in the name of the three official political parties.

The NEC was briefing the political parties on their technical operations whereby they focused on their ongoing preparations for the forthcoming Presidential election that is just around the corner.

The KULMIYE spokesman said that NEC briefing has been clear that it was right on schedule hence revealed that it would start issuing the voter cards on their 21st of January this year.

The opposition parties have however shown reservations while casting aspersions to the contrary in one of the first and rare times that they refuse to hold elections in time. Normally, it is a seating coalition party or a ruling party that shuns away from the holding of elections whereas opposition ones usually clamour for it.

The Wadani Spokesman seemed humbled by the NEC brief that 57% of the electorate have been displaced by the drought. Much worse is the UCID one who held that they saw no elections in sight hence gave several details of percentages of the electorate impacted by the extent of the drought.

Saying that its only 26% of the electorate which have not been that scarred by the drought, 57 percent were adversely affected and 17% lied in between.

He added that 76% of Sanaag and 69% of Sool regions electorates were displaced.

The figures, they said, was according to the evaluation by NEC of its 1123 polling stations as per the present populations.

The meeting held yesterday will reconvene on Monday the 9th January (tomorrow) whereby deductions are expected, it does not fall under the NEC portfolio.

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