#SOMALILANDVOTES: Voting on in Las Anood, Sool region despite Puntland threats

Voters queue at a polling station in Las Anod as polls go on despite resistance from Puntland. Photo: Goobjoog News

Polling centres in Las Anood, Sool region opened Monday morning and voting is underway despite threats by Puntland to stop the exercise claiming control of the region alongside Sanaag.

Goobjoog News correspondent Farah Dubad in the town said the exercise kicked off at 7am as voters lined up to cast their vote in all the 32 polling centres.

“Voting is already underway in all centres. There are no cases of disruption,” said Dubad.

Puntland had earlier vowed to stop the exercise with some lawmakers Monday morning insisting the exercise would not go on.

Internal Affairs Committee deputy chairman Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim (MP) said the state will not allow voting to take place in the two regions.

“We shall not permit for elections to take place in Sool and Sanaag. Our people are not ready for divisions of the Somali people,” Ibrahim told Goobjoog News. They [Somaliland] want to transport people by bus into those regions to make it appear as if election is taking place but we can’t accept that. The security departments have been given their orders.”

More to follow.

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