SOMALILAND: NEC to Brief Parties on Voter Card Issuance Status

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Hargeisa, (Somali Commentator )-The national election commission-NEC has completed an assessment of mechanisms towards voter cards issuance.

To this effect the electoral body has arranged a meeting with the three national political parties of Kulmiye, UCID and Wadani for this coming Thursday  at the NEC HQs for briefing of findings.

According to Geeska Afrika sources NEC has already submitted a letter to the political parties requesting a meeting with leaders on the 5th January 2017.

“During the meeting MEC shall brief the parties on, its just completed voter cards Issuance assessment undertaken all over the country” our source indicated

The body charged with supervising Somaliland  presidential elections slated for 27th March 2017 is expected to start issuing voter cards after it completed its assessment in all centers it undertook voter registration in the country.

While our sources indicate that the assessment exercise completed with a positive note, the political parties are expected to raise fears related to how the cards shall be issued especially in the eastern regions of the country currently engulfed by severe drought.

As a result of the drought a large number of residents of east ran regions have been relocated to the west of the country thence the malady of how they will be availed the cards that are planned to issue at the specific Centre of registration.

While the leaders and presidential candidates of Kulmiye and Wadani are in the country, it is expected that Eng Feisal Ali Warabe currently abroad shall cut his visit short and expedite return.

To its credit NEC has performed a perfect voter registration, but the ongoing drought might impinge negatively on voter cards issuance and if so the actual ballot too.

Source: Horn Newspaper

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