HARGEISA – Three individuals in Hargeisa have been arrested for buying 62 voter cards from poor voters in exchange for food rations, Somaliland’s national police spokesperson confirmed on Monday (Nov 6).
According to police spokesman, Faysal Hiis, the three individuals were arrested on Sunday, for buying the voter ID cards in the Ahmed Malin Harun neighbourhood.
Somaliland’s deputy national police commissioner, Abdullahi Liban Warsame, also spoke to the press during the announcement of the arrests, promising to prosecute the individuals to the fullest extent of the law.
Warsame also said such actions are a ‘threat to Somaliland’s peace and stability’, and that his police force will have zero tolerance for such actions.
Somaliland’s police force did not state the party affiliation of the individuals accused of buying the voter ID cards.
The incident is a serious blow to the credibility of Somaliland’s upcoming presidential elections on November 13th, and is sparking fears that accusations of voter ID buying could arise from either party after the election results are announced.
This is a developing story. Please check back at The National for more.