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Somalia: Puntland Election Security Head Unveils New Plans

Garowe — The Chief of Somalia's Puntland defense forces and the head of the election security Gen. Said Mohamed Hirsi (Gen. Said Dheere) has unveiled new plans amidst parliamentary selection process, Garowe Online reports.

Addressing the media members at Security Ministry headquarters in Puntland capital of Garowe on Wednesday, Gen. Said Dheere said that they completed the first phase of the election security plan:"Today which marks 25th of January, is the end of the first security phase, the commanders of Puntland defense forces divisions have gathered here and we exchanged views on the achievements and the challenges that we encountered in that phase".

The head of the operations for security during the 2014 Puntland elections highlighted significant progress including the arrival of all presidential contenders in Garowe.

"All candidates were offered equal protocols so that they can feel that they are vying for responsible position. Even I personally held private discussions with them and we together expressed various views about the presidential candidates' body guards and tight security to be put in place at all times," added Gen. Said Dheere.

Speaking about the recent gunfire incident in the state capital, he told that the outcome of the ongoing investigations will be presented to the media soon "investigations were launched into the incident and the result will be public within 12 hours".

Among the new security plans are the establishment of command centres in Garowe city neighborhoods and strengthening the security around Puntland Parliament building where the forthcoming presidential election will take place by January 8 2014, said Gen. Said Dheere.

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