Hirshabelle begins registering upper house candidates

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The registration of candidates for the upper house of parliament representing the HirShabelle administration has started yesterday in Jowhar.

The HirShabelle State Electoral Commission has registered candidates including Senator Osman Mohamud Dufle, who has been sitting in one of the seats in the Upper House for the past four years.

Prof. Dufle, who has a large following, is facing stiff competition from Somali Ambassador to Kenya Mohamud Ahmed Nur Tarsan, who is being reportedly pushed by Villa Somalia despite the “lack of support from his community” a source told MTVSomali.com.

HirShabelle’s most difficult seat is that of Muse Sudi Yalahow, who is running for re-election, and is joined by politicians from the same clan such Abdullahi Sheikh Hassan (who is reportedly being supported by Villa Somalia and Governor of Benadir Omar Filish), Ahmed Daa’i as an independent candidate and Muhyadin Hassan Afrah, a well known supporter of President Farmaajo.

Candidates who received their certificates include Hassan Idow Muhumed (Koba), Prof / Dr. Osman Mohamud Dufle, Ahmed Mohamed Ali (Af’adey), Muse Sudi Yalahow, Ahmed Hassan Addow, Dr. Hassan Aday Ali (Ahmed Daa’i) and. Ambassador Mohamed Ahmed Nur (Tarzan)

Ali Gudlawe who announced the list of candidates for the upper house of HirShabelle yesterday is said to have kept the race open and with no candidate be given special seats.

Members of the Hir-Shabelle State Electoral Commission said registration would be completed on Saturday, with elections set to begin next Monday.

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