5 January 2013

Somalia: Seminar in Garowe for Puntland Political Associations

Garowe — The Transitional Puntland Electoral Commission (TPEC) hosted a one-day seminar for six registered political associations in the Puntland capital on Saturday, Garowe Online reports.

TPEC members including Chairman Mohamed Hassan Barre attended the seminar along with representatives from all six registered political associations.

"The six registered political associations are expected to fulfill the remaining requirements prior to February 10, 2013, in completing the second phase of the registration process," said Chairman Barre.

TPEC officials said the second phase of the registration process requires each political association to register a minimum of 300 eligible voters who are their supporters from each region of Puntland and to open regional offices.

Representatives from political associations of Puntland raised questions about completing the registration process in the second phase.

TPEC official Ahmed Mohamed Dubays said that political associations that successfully complete the second phase of the registration process will compete in local elections scheduled for mid-2013 across Puntland regions.

Puntland government has embarked on a process to lead the state towards multi-party democratic elections for the first time since the state government's inception in 199 8.

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