HARGEISA – Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) warned all political parties on Wednesday against claiming victory and holding celebrations before the official announcement of the presidential election results.
NEC spokesman, Said Ali Musa, held a press conference at NEC headquarters after the commission received word of parties holding victory celebrations.
“We have been informed that parties are holding celebrations claiming that they have won the presidential election. We have previously warned all parties from making such claims,” Musa said.
“We have not released any election results. This is unacceptable. We are warning all parties again to refrain from such actions and to wait for the official announcement from the NEC,” Musa said.
“Our results will be given to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court will ultimately announce the official election results,”
Musa also sent a warning to members of Somaliland’s diaspora after the NEC was also informed of diaspora Somalilanders holding celebrations in their resident countries.
“Members of the diaspora are not in Somaliland and do not have any idea of what is going on. We are also warning all those in the diaspora to stop holding celebrations We are also warning you all to stop spreading fake news and celebration photos via email to those living in Somaliland,” Musa said.
Social media sites are still being blocked by ISPs in Somaliland, as well as access to all VPN connections.
So far, no candidate has publicly claimed victory, but according to our sources, senior members from all three parties are believed to be behind the early victory celebrations taking place in Somaliland and abroad.
This is a developing story. Please check back at The National for more.