- The Somaliland regional court in Marodi Jeh has approved the results of the municipal council elections in Hargeisa, Sallahley and Gabiley and Baligubadle, Judge Abdirashid Mohamed Duran announced Sunday (December 16th).
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced the results for Hargeisa on December 6th, sparking complaints and clashes between security forces and Haqsoor party supporters in which three people were killed. The NEC decided to recount the votes after several political parties complained that the elections had been unfair.
On December 8th, the commission found that the tally from 27 ballot boxes in Faroweyne district in Hargeisa had been entered into the computer tallying system twice, said Hargeisa NEC chairman Said Jama.
"We later corrected [the tallying error] and deducted the duplicate count from the system," he told Sabahi. However, when parties disagreed on how to recount the votes, NEC forwarded the results on Saturday to the regional court in Marodi Jeh to arbitrate.
The recount did not change the share of seats won by each party, however Khadar Hussein Ali Ismail, from Rays, and Fuad Sahardid Abbi Yusuf, from Dalsan, were replaced with Ismail Jama Hirsi and Ilias Hussein Jama, both members within their respective parties, said Jama.
The court validated the names of the 72 members who won the elections in the four districts where results were contested. Among the winners, only two candidates, from Sallahley and Gabiley, are women.
After the court's decision, youth groups who support Ismail and Yusuf held protest rallies in the Idaada neighbourhood in Hargeisa's June 26th District. They burned tyres on the roads before police dispersed them.