Hargeysa, Somaliland, February 28, 2009 –
The election date in Somaliland has been postponed by the election
commission on Monday.
Mr. Jama Mohamed "Sweden," the election commission chairman, addressed
Somaliland's lower house of parliament - the House of Representatives -
at parliament hall in Hargeysa.
The parliament meeting was chaired by Mr. Abdiaziz Mohamed Samale, the
deputy Speaker, and was attended by most members of the 82-seat
Mr. Sweden said donor nations have pressured the election commission to
set a firm date for the election, which was scheduled to be held on
But the election commission chairman said the voter-registration process
needs more time, adding that the commission successfully completed a
phase of the project.
MP Ahmed Du'ale Bulale posed a question regarding what happens if the
election date is postponed.
The election commission's deputy chairman, Mr. Ali Mohamed Bikalo,
responded: "A clause in the previous agreement stated that a joint
decision must be reached among the election commission and the political
That agreement was signed last year after Somaliland President Dahir
Riyale unconstitutionally extended his term by one year.