Hargeisa- Today, the three political parties, the president and the National Electoral Commission agreed to hold the presidential election on 10th October 2017. Recently, the politicians agreed to push back the presidential election which was planned to be conducted in 28th March 2017.
In a press conference held in 19th January, the Vice-President said the election will not take place on time due to severe drought.
The decision of to extend the presidential term will be ultimately made by the Guurti (the Upper House of the Parliament).
This will be the second time the president’s term is extended.
The incumbent president and his vice-president were jointly elected in 26th June 2010 for five years term. They received 20 months of extension in 2015 when their tenure expired.
All the political parties, including the opposition, agreed on this new schedule.
Somaliland never held an election periodically, but always the elected leaders get extensions. The House of Representatives elected in 2005 for five years term is still in power.
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