HARGEISA (SD) – The Somaliland Electoral Commission (NEC) has today for the first time tested the cutting edge Biometric Voter Verification System, which will be used in the upcoming elections.
Somaliland’s vice president, Abdirahman Seylici and the national opposition leaders attended the launch.
Somaliland’s presidential election is scheduled for November this year, followed by the political associations in December of 2022.
The chairman of the Somaliland Electoral Commission, Abdirashid Riyo-raac, confirmed that NEC tested the eye verification equipment today.
Riyo-raac added, when the voter’s eye is scanned, the voter’s complete information is displayed, preventing fraud.
Foreign diplomats including Taiwan’s ambassador to Somaliland and other dignitaries were present at the system test, where a pilot registration exercise was conducted to assess the functioning of the system.
This comes at a time when the government led by President Bihi is seeking to postpone the presidential election, in an attempt to dismiss the current national opposition parties.
The move to thwart the elections by the President could be a major setback for the country’s World renown democratic gains.
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