Somaliland: Thousands Register as Voters in Buhoodle, NEC Shifts Focus to Sanaag & Sool Regions

Residents of Shimbirale, Sanaag Region in readiness for Voter registration

THT-New Voter registration starts today in Sanaag and Sool regions in the final stages of the exercise already completed in the rest of the country.

This was released by chairman of the Somaliland National Election Commission Abdirashid Mohamud Ali (Riyo-raac), at the NEC offices in Erigavo while dispatching registration clerks to designated centers in Sanaag region.

“Apart from Gar-Adag and Eel Afweine Districts residents of all other in Sanaag region , including Badhan, Lasqoray, Dhahar  and Erigavo districts shall be served” said Commissioner Abdirashid Riyo-raac

The two districts excluded in the exercise were served in the third stage together with those of Toghdeer region between 27th  to 30th  December 2020.

The commissioner who urged targeted citizens to fully utilize the opportunity of having a say in choice of leaders also warned against double registration which is easily detectable since Somaliland uses biometric technology thus a crime.

This is the fourth and final stage of the voter registration exercises whose beneficiaries are those over 15 years of age and not registered before.

Meanwhile Buhoodle district in the east of the country registered for the first time thousands of voters  during the third stage of the exercise undertaken by NEC in other Districts in Toghdeer region including Aynaba District, Gar-Adag District and Eel Afweine District.

NEC Chairman Abdirashid Riyo-raac and Buhoodle deputy Gov Jama Deeq Ali

“Despite the fact that a majority of Buhoodle district are nomads thus on the go most of the time a very successful voter registration ensued with residents in their thousands taking advantage of the NEC exercise” said the region’s deputy governor Jama Deeq Ali during a telephone interview  with this writer.

While stressing on the predominant nomadic nature of  residents the regional administrator said that with ample time Buhoodle would have surpassed all other districts in Somaliland since at one time or other families return home after exhausting grazing in other areas.

With the excessive in its final stride NEC is discernibly on track of keeping to the timeframe announced during launch on the 7th November last year .

Accordingly the timeframe of new registration new voters in Somaliland was scheduled as

Phase One, Awdal Region, Gabiley District, Baligubadle and  Salahley districts  29th November to 02 December,

Phase 2, Hargeisa District and Sahil Region December 13th to 16th, 2020.

Abdirahman Irro visits voter registration centres in Awdal Region-file

Phase 3, Togdheer Region, Aynaba District, Gar-Adag District and Eel Afweine District, 27 December to 30 December.

Phase 4, Erigavo ,Badhan, Dhahar District, Lasqoray District, Las Anod , Hudun and Taleeh Districts 10 January to 13 January, 202.

Between November 29th and January 13th, 2021, unregistered voters and those who have reached the voting age are guaranteed a voter’s card by the country’s Constitution.


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