By Ahmed Kheyre
The voter registration drive in Marodi Jeex region comes to its conclusion, and the Somaliland National Elections Commission (NEC) begins preparations in the eastern regions of the country. The NEC has hired 600 new workers and the registration is expected to commence after Ramadan.
However, delegations from the local residents in that part of the country arrived in Hargeisa to hold meetings with the government, parliamentarians, national party officials and the NEC, to discuss the proposed voter registration programme and the need to encourage the local people to register in large numbers.
Meanwhile, the “10 year” parliament, which will hopefully expire in March 2017, is still struggling to pass its election bill. It would seem the current 82 members, aware that they are on borrowed time, are reluctant to face reality and do their duty. It is hoped that the election bill will take into consideration the creation of new regions since 2005, and the increase in the population.
Somaliland students sit for their final examination all across the country. With the exception of few schools, where the exams were delayed or rescheduled, everything seems to have gone well, according to the Somaliland ministry of Education.
Finally, the struggle between Jamal Ali Hussien and Faisal Ali Warabe, for the leadership of UCID will reach its conclusion when the Oversight Committee for Party Registrations sits down to render its judgement on June 12th. Presumptive presidential candidate, Jamal Ali Hussein, appears to have the legal points on his side, whilst Faisal Ali Warabe, appears to have joined Kulmiye!.
Allaa Mahad Leh