Long Queues as Voting Kicks off in Somaliland (PHOTOS)

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    Long Queues as Voting Kicks off in Somaliland (PHOTOS)

    HARGEISA (Somali Update Online) — Voting begun on Monday morning in the breakaway Somaliland in the third poll to elect the 5th president since 1991.

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Long queues in Hargeisa Daru Rahma school polling station as voting starts in Somaliland. | Somali Update Online.
HARGEISA (Somali Update Online) — Voting begun on Monday morning in the breakaway Somaliland in the third poll to elect the 5th president since 1991.
All the three are from Isaq, the dominant clan in Somaliland.
Voters armed with their voting cards started streaming into 1642 polling station across six regions of Somaliland at 6am local time.
Somaliland vice president, Abdirahman Sayli'i was  among the first people to cast their vote as early as 6:30 am at a polling station in Hargeisa city.
For the time in the history of Africa, Somaliland will use Iris-Scanning Biometric System to prevent multiple voting.
The region will have new president as the incumbent, Ahmed Mohamed Siilanyo is not running for second term.
The contenders in today's elections are Abdirahman Abdullahi Cirro, former parliament speaker and now presidential candidate for the Wadany opposition party; Faisal Ali Waraabe, a veteran politician and also an opposition UCID; and ruling party Kulmiye candidate Musa Bihi Abdi, a former military colonel who served as former interior minister.  
All the three candidates are from Isaq, the dominant clan in Somaliland. Despite claims of multi-party democracy, minor clans, especially those from the western and the eastern regions never contested for Somaliland' presidential, a position seen as only "for the powerful clans"
More than 700,000 people are eligible to vote in this election, according to Somaliland's National Independent Electoral Commission chaired by former journalist Said Ali Musa.
The results of this election will be declared on November 17 due to the time needed for tallying and verification of the votes.. 
Voters armed with their voting cards started streaming into 1642 polling station across six regions of Somaliland at 6am.
When voting officially end 6pm, the government will shut down social media to prevent false information on poll results.
This presidential elections on 13th November marks the third since the region in northern Somalia declared its separation from the Southern Somalia in 1991.  The region has had delayed elections in the past seven years which drew local and international concerns.

By Ahmed Mohamed Adan
SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE



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