Somaliland leaders urge peace as thousands line up to vote

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HARGEISA (HOL) – Thousands of voters in Somaliland headed to the ballot Monday morning to elect MPs and local government representatives as leaders called for peace.

Queues build up in various regions of the breakaway territory amid enthusiasm as international media turned focus to Somaliland.

Earlier, president Muse Bihi and Waddani party leader Abdirahman Irro expressed optimist noting today’s vote was a vindication of growing democracy and peace.

“Vote peacefully; these are two important electoral processes, all eyes are on us, please execute your rights in good manner,” Bihi said while addressing journalists at Labour House alongside Irro.

On his part, the Waddani leader was enthusiastic about the exercise.

“I am pleased today that I voted for the two separate candidates I have chosen from the candidates vying for house of representatives and councilor,” Irro said.

The opposition and the government have presented a united front in ensuring the exercise goes on successfully as the breakaway region seeks international recognition.

Voting is taking place in 2709 polling stations spread in 23 districts.

Polling stations will be closing Monday evening to pave way for counting.