HARGEISA – Somaliland’s main opposition party called on the country’s government to handover power over the military to the National Electoral Commision (NEC) ON election day, during a party event earlier this week.
Waddani Presidential Candidate, Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi Irro, told party supporters at the event that the NEC needs to ‘level the playing field’, and manage the country’s security on November 13th.
“The Government must transfer their control of the armed forces to the National Electoral Commission on the day of the election,” Irro told party supporters at the event.
This is not the first time Waddani has expressed concern about the election’s security.
Irro and his colleagues have repeatedly accused the incubment government and the armed forces of ‘getting ready to rig the election, after General Mohamed Adan Saqadhi (Daba-gale) was named President Silanyo’s national defence advisor in June 2016.
Gen. Saqadhi who hails from the same clan as Irro, the Habar-Yonis, was one of the senior members of Somaliland’s national armed forces prior to becoming a presidential advisor in June.
Irro’s calls are subliminally hinting that his party doesn’t believe the election will be free and fair now that he doesn’t have any distant relatives within the leadership of the armed forces.
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