Somalia’s dispute resolution body has nullified outcome of elections of eleven parliamentary seats across Somalia amid Somalia’s election is approaching to its final stages.
In a letter to UN and EU seen by Goobjoog news, Independent Electoral Dispute Resolution Committee discarded eleven seats in Jubbaland, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, Puntland and Southwest states citing irregularities.
The committee said it received 67 cases and after long probe results of eleven seats of the 67 have been cancelled.
Among the seats cancelled are the two last seats elected in Hirshabelle won by Somalia’s former Youth minister, Mohamed Abdullahi Noah and Abdiaziz Salah Arman.
The minister’s election was criticized by Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team and International community over irregularities.
FIEIT recently disqualified Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, the outgoing federal Minister of Youth and Sports, and another contender for the seat, Ahmed Sheikh Nur, for their role in the violence that occurred inside and outside the polling center in Jowhar last month in which a number of people, including electoral college delegates, were injured.
In Jubbaland, among the seats cancelled is the parliamentary seat allocated for Gal-Je’el which earlier electoral body rejected Somalia’s minister for petroleum, to contest for.
In Galmudug, the parliamentary seat won by Ahmed Mohamed Abtidoon which is said to have been allocated for women only.