Somalia to nullify graft-marred poll

Voters queue to cast their vote at the Habaswein Primary School in the Wajir South  IMAGE-Daily Nation

Voters queue to cast their vote at the Habaswein Primary School in the Wajir South IMAGE-Daily Nation

From SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – ELECTORAL authorities will nullify poll results in the wake of rigging allegations. Meanwhile, the presidential poll set for
Wednesday could be postponed over failure to meet deadlines.

The crisis-torn country in the Horn of Africa has held legislative polls that have been dismissed as a sham in some sections after allegations of
corruption, vote-buying as well as harassment and intimidation of candidates.

Traditional leaders, electoral college delegates and civilians also alleged violations against them during the exercise.

A widespread manipulation of delegate and candidate lists, and the use of security forces and other government resources to favor candidates,
including incumbent President Hassan Sheik Mohamud, over other candidates were reported.

The Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team and Independent Electoral Dispute Resolution Mechanism has said results would be nullified
and candidates found to have engaged in malpractices disqualified.

The African Union, European Union Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, United Nations, United Kingdom and
United States commend the move.

Polls have been held amid political and security challenges with a 25-year civil war and the Al-Shabaab terror group.

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