Puntland starts vetting new candidates for parliament

December 12, 2013

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Puntland's Vetting and Conflict Resolution Committee received the list of parliamentary candidates approved by traditional elders and started verifying their credentials in advance of presidential elections on January 8th, Somalia's Garowe Online reported Wednesday (December 11th).

The committee will verify the authenticity of the candidates' nomination letters, received December 10th, and check that they have obtained the appropriate elders' signatures, said committee spokesman Mohamud Ahmed Hassan.

The process is expected to be completed by December 15th.

"Between 15th and 25th December, there will be screening process, after that process, identification cards will be printed for the selected members of parliament, then they will be sworn in with presidential candidates present and the new lawmakers will hold their first session by January 1st," Hassan said.

The new parliament will then elect the president and vice president.

Fifteen candidates are expected to compete for the presidency, including incumbent Abdirahman Mohamed Farole.

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