Federal Electoral Commission suspends seat announced

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The Federal Electoral Commission has today announced that it has suspended the election of HOP 204, a constituency in the South West state.

The FEIT said the seat had been the subject of a series of complaints from the Jarroon Community, the community that owns HOP 204.

“The Federal Electoral Implementation Team (FEIT) respectfully notifies the South West State Electoral Commission (SEIT) to suspend the conduct of this seat until the grievance is resolved,” the commission said in a statement.

The commission did not elaborate on the flaws in the proposed process, with the South West Electoral Commission recently announcing that the by-elections will take place on Tuesday, March 15th.

HOP 204 seat was reportedly reserved by President Lafta-Gareen to a member of his cabinet, a move that has been of great interest to Somali Defense Minister Abdikadir Jama in recent years.

In a statement issued yesterday, the South West Electoral Commission said the registration of candidates for one of the suspended seats would begin tomorrow.

However, this is not the first time the FEIT has suspended the election, but it is unknown how the South West SEIT will comply with the order, which has previously defied orders from the federal election commission.

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