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Puntland leader is accused of violating electoral rules

GAROWE (SD) – Several parliamentary candidates contesting for lower house of Somali parliament in Puntland state have accused Puntland’s president, Saed Abdullahi Deni of blocking them from running for the seats.

In a joint statement, the candidates described the move by president Deni as “unfortunate.”

They warned that the move would have an impact on the future of Puntland’s unity and solidarity and called on Deni to stop the interfering.

Candidates also expressed concern that the election would be held at the 54th Army Camp, accusing President Deni of planning to use military force to support his allies bid to wrest the parliamentary seats.

The statement comes barely two days after the federal Minister of Transportation and Civil Aviation, Duran Ahmed Farah raised concern that the Lower House election process in Garowe for HOP 166.

The minister, who is one of the candidates running for the seat said the electoral rules laid out by the recent NCC meeting had been violated.

“I declare to the people of Somalia, and the community that the HOP166 seat of the House of Representatives has been administered in violation of the Indirect Election Procedures agreed upon from January 3 to 9, 2022,” Farah said.

He added that the committee selecting the delegates and the delegates they chose to vote for the MPs were not representative of the community.

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