BAIDOA (Halbeeg News) – The electoral commission of Southwest state has for the third time delayed the presidential elections of the state.
Initially, the elections were scheduled to take place on 5th December this year.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the commission announced that the presidential election will take place two weeks later.
“After giving consideration to the huge tasks remaining to be completed and the limited time and the need to give the observers time to participate, the commission decided to postpone the elections slated for 5th December. The committee agreed that the election take place on 19th December,” the statement reads in part.
The electoral body was re-instated late November after the previous one suffered a quorum hitch following the resignation of some members.
The winner of next month election will replace the state’s former president Sharif Hassan who resigned on Nov. 7 and withdrew from the upcoming election, after he cited widespread interference of the electoral process.