Seven candidates on Saturday night announced they had dropped out of the Puntland Presidential race.
The seven are
1.Abdirisaq Jama Jano gale
2.Abdullahi Jama Salah
3.Mahamed Salaad Qoryooley
4.Ali Ahmed Gamuute
5.Abdiweli Abdirahman Gayre
6.Abdihakim Axmed Haashi
The move leaves 22 contestors in the race.
Last week Puntland regional Parliament sworn in 66 Mps who are expected to decide on who will lead the northeastern semi autonomous state.
The polls are set for January 8 2019
Puntland has conducted indirect presidential and parliamentary elections in 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2014.
Abdiweli Gaas is the fifth president of the region and is seeks another five year term.