Published On: Sat, May 15th, 2010

SOMALILAND: President approves election date

HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — Somaliland President Dahir Rayale issued a decree today [Saturday 15th] saying presidential elections will be held on June 26, 2010, approving the proposed date by the NEC.

Mr Rayale said he accepted the National Electoral Commission’s decision, just a day after the independent seven-member body called for the June date.

Presidential elections have been delayed tree times since early 2008 due to technical problems and registration fraud including widespread multiple registration. Since then the entire NEC members have been replaced, who since fixed the voter registration list and determined the number of legitimate voters. They also issued new biometric cards that can be used as voter cards and national ID cards.

As well as going to the polling stations, Somaliland will celebrate 26 June to mark 50 years of independence from Great Britain.

Somaliland has also stepped up security ahead of the election as elements of Somalia’s Islamists and tribal militants based in Puntland threaten to disrupt the democratic process in the region.

A report Somalilandpress has obtained said the Northern Somalia Unionist Movement (NSUM) was trying to instigate violence in the disputed Sool region with the backing of Somalia’s Islamist insurgents. It added, it had so far gathered at least 600 militants near the Somaliland-Puntland border.
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Somalilandpress has learned the leader of the armed group, Dr. Suleyman Ise [ Hagle tosiye], a Canadian citizen, has arrived in the disputed Galgaduud region in central Somalia to get material and financial support from radical groups. It added Dr. Suleyman crossed from the Kenyan border by road striking separate deals with Islamists before reaching the town of Abduwaq after Puntland refused him an entry to Garowe. Both groups say Somaliland’s democracy undermines Somalia’s unity and Islamic values and those follow such practice are “infidels”.

In late March, the Kenyan police arrested him and two others after they sneaked into the country from Gedo on suspicious of terrorism activities. They have since managed to raise enough money from their supporters in the Diaspora including United States.

Somaliland has far managed to keep Somalia’s radical groups and pirates at bay but many fear the Islamist allied with the tribal insurgents such as NSUM in Sool will try to spoil the process.

Somalilandpress | Saturday, May 15, 2010

  • Hassan

    This is great – and Thanks to the president of Somaliland in doing his constitutional responsibilities.
    26 June 2010, is considered and hoped to be a very good omen of night/day, a prosperous landmark for this country and its people.

    God bless Somaliland – Amiin
    Hassan

  • somaliland

    congratulations Mr president,,,

    God bless somaliland,,,,,

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/AWAL AWAL

    GOOD MOVE!!! MR. PRESIDENT……LET US BEEF UP BORDER SECURITY NOW.

  • daoud yacin

    The entire world is waiting for you leadership.Show the world .Thank you Mr president

  • Gobaad

    All the world's eyes are on Somaliland's election process. Make yourself and us very proud. Show the world your leadership and fairness this time.

    The success or failure of this election is going to be your legacy and the success or failure of this election will promote or drag down the democracy system of Somaliland. Rumour has it that you (Mr. President) are the one who may disrupt the smooth process of the election and throw Somaliland descend into confusion and choas. Let those who are behind the rumours eat their words and proof them wrong. If not for anybody else, do it for your own children. Make them be proud of their father for what he has done for their country.

    We all know the one good thing did is having built a strong army. beef up the security around the border keep out those who want to disrupt smooth process of the election. Safeguard the security around the polling stations to avoid fraudulent activities.

    God bless Somaliland

  • sayid nuur

    let you know sool will be free and have right to be free if you somaliland we are somali go your own and leave as along atherwise you will get what you are looking for you and your friend Puntland

  • Xasan

    I would have thanked you if you held the election in May of 2008. Now after stalling the elections for 2 years, Dictator Riyale! You don't deserve any thanks at all, you should return the poor tax payers money taken as a salary.

  • Ibrahim

    How much money does Riyaale and his lackeys UDUB give SomalilandPress to publish this propaganda? You should change your name from SomalilandPress to SomalilandPro-UDUB Propaganda. You will probably now delete my comment since I critisized Mr. Dictator.

    • H.M.Obsiye

      Mr.Ibrahim, Do not be naive, this article, has nothing to do with this website, they are reporting the news of the day and if you go to other Somaliland websites they report the same story. Please, think before bad mouthing this website.

  • nasra

    happy birthday I love :)

  • Nomad

    Well done SomalilandPress keep up the good work.

  • daoud yacin

    we are so proud of you somaliland press..

  • Ibrahim Ahmed

    Somalilandpress, should represent Somalilanders, and they must respect their opinion, and thoughts, otherwise they should call themselves another name.…..

  • unknown

    Wow, looks like somebody has got off the wrong side of the bed!!!!!!!!

  • shankarooni

    Riyaale will NOT win this election, but he is behind any success that comes as result of the election. That is because Riyaale is the father of democracy for the whole Somali race. He is the first Somali leader elected by his people. and that is how he should be remembered always.

  • Kayse

    Somalis will be Somalis, whining, nagging, complaining, even if a white pigeons flies above them, they wanna stop her and ask her "why are you white not black like me? ohh your propaganda and biased…bla"

    Now you attacking Somalilandpress too?

    Rayale did the right thing.

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