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Somalia Releases New Election Dates

  • Abdulaziz Osman

FILE - Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. He is among dozens of candidates vying for the post of president, who will be elected by new lawmakers.

FILE - Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. He is among dozens of candidates vying for the post of president, who will be elected by new lawmakers.

Somalia has officially released new poll dates for the 2016 elections.

In a statement, Omar Mohamed Abdulle, chairman of the Somalia’s election commission announced on Sunday that the country’s 2016 presidential election will take place on October 30.

The commission said the election of 275-member Lower House will be from September 24 to October 10 while the election of Upper House should be completed by September 25.

More than 14,000 delegates representing Somalia clans will cast their votes for members of the Lower House, while the regional states will select the members of the Upper House.

The incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud is among dozens of candidates vying for the post of president, who will be elected by new lawmakers.

The term of the president expires on September 10, but according to a source, the speaker of parliament has approved a new resolution agreed by the national leaders forum to extend the term for the president until election day in October.

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