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Vote counting starts in Somaliland’s Elections

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VOA FILE - Long queues of voters in Somaliland municipal elections, Nov. 28, 2012. Photo by Kate Stanworth
VOA FILE - Long queues of voters in Somaliland municipal elections, Nov. 28, 2012. Photo by Kate Stanworth

WASHINGTON/HARGEISA-Vote counting is underway in Somaliland after the breakaway republic held its presidential election among three competing candidates.

The candidates include Muse Bihi Abdi of the ruling Kulmiye party, Faysal Ali Warabe of UCID and Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi of the Waddani party.

They cast their votes Monday, November 13, 2017 in the capital, Hargeisa to replace President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud, who opted not to seek re-election.

Final results are not expected in several days under the vote-counting system, polling stations after sending their results to regional offices to pass them on to the electoral commission. Somaliland's electoral commission said voting was peaceful in all of the republic's six regions.

Voting was watched by a total of 60 election observers from 27 countries whose salaries were paid by Britain. Observers said they heard reports of some problems, but not many.

The Somaliland Electoral Commission said it recorded an incident in Togdher region where at least one person was injured after a soldier's gun accidentally discharged.

More than 700,000 people were expected to vote. Turnout was thought to be high, but the commission says it was too early to give figures.
Somaliland, a former British colony, broke away from the rest of Somalia in 1991. The territory has run its own affairs since, but has never been recognized as an independent country.

 


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