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Somaliland Senate elections have finally been slated after a lengthy delay.

Wednesday September 22, 2021

Mogadishu (HOL) - The delay was caused by differences between the Senate speaker Abdi Hashi and Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Gulaid.

However, the northern region of Somalia will now have the freedom of electing leaders to the Senate on the joint nomination.

The candidates, including four women, will be battling it out in the 11 seats representing Somali land.

It is worth noting that the list of the candidates received endorsement from Somalia's Prime Minister, Mohamed Roble.

With the list out, the candidates are expected to battle it out in campaigns ahead of the elections that will take place this month (September 28 to 30).

The registration and certification of the candidates began on Wednesday, September 22.

The Upper House has 54 Senators, Puntland and Somaliland have 11 seats each, Hirshabelle, Galmudung, Jubaland and South West have eight seats each.

At the time of writing,  32 representatives have been elected, while 22 seats remain vacant.

Somaliland declared independence from Somalia, but it's yet to receive recognition.

Somaliland's self-declared republic does not allow Somalia to hold federal elections within its territory.


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