HARGEISA – Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission denounced electoral fraud claims made by Somaliland’s main opposition party, Waddani, on Tuesday.
NEC Chairman, Abdiqadir Iman, held a press conference at NEC headquarters on Tuesday evening, hours after Senior Waddani officials announced they have suspended ties with the NEC and accused the ruling party of committing electoral fraud.
The waddani officials, headed by Waddani’s central committee Chairman, Osman Afgab Nur, displayed a book of empty ballot papers that they claim Kulmiye forged with the NEC’s official stamp to use during the election.
Iman dismissed the claims, and vowed to charge those in possession of the forged ballot papers for commuting a national crime.
“As you are all aware, this was a modern hi-tech election that was very secure. We are calling on all political parties to have confidence in the election and to continue their cooperation with us,” Iman said.
“We are also hearing claims being made on TV that forged ballot papers have been found. That is completely false,” Iman said.
“No one has seen forged ballot papers nor were they ever used,” Iman said.
“We will be launching cases against those who printed the papers and those who stated that they have found forged ballot papers,” Iman added.
“It is a insult to Somaliland and its citizens, and the National Electoral Commission,” Iman said.
“Again, we are calling on all parties to remain calm,”.
It is not known if the commission will now launch criminal cases against the senior Waddani officials, or whether they will conduct an investigation into their claims first.
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