Somaliland National Electoral Commission upheld the decision taken by Somaliland House of Representatives which said that the forthcoming local council elections will be held without voter registration. The Commission announced that they will abide by the decision made by Somaliland parliament.
The spokesman for Somaliland National Electoral commission Mr. Mohamed Hirsi Geele held briefing to local media in at his office in Hargeisa. Mr. Geele told the press the reasons attributed in declaring the voter registration null and void. He further pointed out that grave errors arise when it comes to the previous voter registration resulting that many people without registration.
He added that donors informed the commission that it became rather difficult for them to get the funds necessary for conducting speedy registration, therefore it was preferred that local council election will kick off as planned without voter registration. Speaking on this issue, the spokesman said, “voter registration has been prepare of contention for those who run the elections and those who elected and it still continues to create controversy.