Somalia sets 11th January for the election of Lower House speaker

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Somalia’s House Leadership election committee has officially released new parliament leadership poll dates for the 2017 Lower House leadership elections.

In a statement, Abdirahman Duale, chairman of the House leadership election commission announced on Monday that the registration of  Lower House speaker candidates and the two deputies  will take place on the 3rd to fifth of January 2017.

The commission also said the House Speaker election will now take place on 11th of January while one of the first and second deputy speaker of the House will be held from Oct. 12th of January for the Lower house.

“The election of speakers of houses of parliament will be held on 11th followed by the deputies’ one, which will kick off on 12th,” chairman Bayle said in a statement released in Mogadishu on Monday evening.

More than 13,000 Electoral College delegates representing Somalia clans have casted their votes for over 270 members of the Lower House.

After the election of the parliamentary leadership, the lawmakers will elect the country’s president on a date to be set later.

Over twenty candidates are running to become Somalia’s president who will then choose a prime minister.

The incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud is among dozens of candidates vying for the post of president, who will be elected by new lawmakers.

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