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Somali Presidential Polls Set For October 10

Somali Presidential Polls Set For October 10

Somali leaders on Tuesday announced a new timetable for the much-awaited elections in the Horn of Africa nation after months of delay.

The move came following two days of talks in Mogadishu by Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, Federal Members State and Benadir Governor Omar Mohamed Mohamud (Filish).

According to the new timetable, Somalia’s Presidential elections will commence on October 10, 2021, while Lower House legislators will be elected from Aug, 10 to Sept 10 and Upper House elections to kick off July 25, 2021.

”National Consultative Council has concluded its meeting in Mogadishu on Tuesday. The NCC issued the country’s election schedule and agreed 50 % reduction of registration fees for female candidates vying for parliamentary. PM also appoints Gedo reconciliation committee,” Somali government spokesman Mohamed Moalimuu told journalists.

Somalia parliamentary elections were scheduled to be held late last year but pushed back after the federal state of Jubaland and the semi-autonomous region of Puntland both refused to sign a pact introducing a new electoral model.

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