HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — The first batch of 2010 ballot boxes made of transparent plastic have arrived in Hargeisa on Monday ahead of the forthcoming Presidential elections in Somaliland.
According to Hargeisa based newspaper, Geeska Afrika, the first batch have arrived from Denmark on Monday afternoon on a private cargo jet and were taken to the headquarters of the National Electoral Commission (NEC).
They added that the NEC is also expected to reveal the official number of legitimate voters in the coming weeks, it is expected roughly 1.1 million people would vote. NEC has said also they were expecting the new biometric cards inked for Face Technology to arrive within May 2nd from South Africa.
NEC has not yet revealed the number of polling stations and when the next batch of ballot boxes will arrive.
This comes hours after Special Representative for the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Mr. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, issued a letter from his Nairobi office stating: “The issuance of new voter registration cards will begin the second week in May 2010. Somaliland continues to give priority to discussion and dialogue over violence.”
The general elections are expected to be held in June of 2010 throughout Somaliland. The elections are funded by a number of EU nations and the United States.
Photo: Geeska Afrika
Somalilandpress, 20 April 2010