Somaliland Holds 1st Combined Parliamentary, Local Elections

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Somaliland Holds 1st Combined Parliamentary, Local Elections
A NEC polling station official assist a voter during the #SomalilandElections2021 -file photo

Somalilandsun: Gates to the Somaliland  parliamentary and local elections 2021 opened at 6 am and are set to close 6 pm on this Monday day of 31st May.

As the polls close there were no incidents of security concern anywhere withiin the 2700 polling stations in the six and 23 electoral regions and districts

Somaliland Holds 1st Combined Parliamentary, Local Elections
A police officer assists a 100 yes old voter during the #SomalilandElections2021

The parliamentary elections are being held more than a decade late, whereas the municipal elections should have taken place four years ago.

Somaliland Holds 1st Combined Parliamentary, Local Elections
Wadani, UCID & Kulmiye parties representatives at a SomalilandElections2021 polling station in Hargeisa

More than one million of the region’s four million people are registered to vote in the elections.

While 246 candidates are running for 82 parliamentary seats, 966 candidates are competing for 249 district municipality offices.

Somaliland Holds 1st Combined Parliamentary, Local ElectionsSomaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi, leader of the opposition Wadani party Abdirahman Irro, and leader of Ucid party Feysal Ali Warabe have already cast their votes.

“This morning, I cast my vote in the country’s first combined Parliamentary & Local Council Elections at a polling station in the Civil Service Commission in Hargeisa. Somaliland votes for peace. It is an honour for our people and the Horn of Africa,” the president tweeted.

Somaliland Holds 1st Combined Parliamentary, Local Elections
from left Somaliland political leaders President Bihi, Eng Feisal Ali Warabe and Abdirahman Irro cast their ballot in Hargeisa

International Observers , including several African nations and  organizations, are monitoring the elections.

Somaliland Holds 1st Combined Parliamentary, Local Elections
Former Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma among International observers, including several African nations, monitoring Somaliland 2021 parliamentary and local Councils polls

Somaliland, a former British protectorate in northwestern Somalia, declared independence in 1991 from the rest of the Horn of Africa country after the collapse of Siad Barre’s military government.

Somaliland Holds 1st Combined Parliamentary, Local Elections
Ballit boxes at the Somaliland parliamentary and local Councils elections 2021

More than three decades later, no country has recognized the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland as an independent state.

Somaliland Holds 1st Combined Parliamentary, Local Elections
One the 800 domestic observers at polling station in Hargeisa
Somaliland Holds 1st Combined Parliamentary, Local Elections
SomalilandElections2021 one person one vote

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