Threat of unrest looms as Puntland Polls approach

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Puntland Police Chief Mumin Abdi has sent strong warning to “forces planning to disrupt polls” amid concerns of violence as political temperatures go high in a hotly contested regional polls.

Mr Mumin said police have gathered intelligence of group of politicians hell bent to see the polls stopped.

“We want to be clear to everyone We will take action against anyone who dares to resort to violence. We urge people to cast their votes without fear. We are here to ensure it’s smooth process “said the Puntland Police Chief.

This statement comes as section of top politicians in the region have deferred sharply accusing President Deni of having continuous greed for Power adding that the sane has to be stopped.  Former Puntland finance Minister Hassan Shire has vowed not to allow Deni to “scuttle democracy”

Before their falllout, Shire was a former political ally of Deni

Top politicians in the region including ex-Puntland Presidents Abdirahman Faroole and Abduwali Gaas, have announced that they will boycott the polls because of the irregularities and mismanagement.

The issue has not also been without controversy as President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud also weighed in the issue accusing Deni indirectly of not listening to the wishes of Somali water and charting dangerous political waters.

Prime Minister Hamsa Abdi Barre has also hit out at Deni of orchestrating elections that will destroy Puntland’s Prosperity adding that Deni has scuttle several national project including debt pardon plans due to his continued political play that is uncooperative.

Hamza added federal government will not turn a blind eye seeing a destructive path.

Last week, Abdigafar Hassan Xanke, a member of federal Parliament elected from Puntland who is also Somalia’s Deputy Minister of Finance said Deni has fallen out with the federal government when he missed to be appointed as the Prime Minister having lobbied for the same after the country’s main polls in which he has backed Hassan Sheikh Mohamud at its final stages of the polls.

In what appeared to be a direct response to President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Hamsa Abdi Barre, Deni said the Puntland people will not allowed to be destroyed by forces opposed to its democracy and prosperity accusing the Federal Government of abandoning constitutional principles.

The Puntland Regional polls are scheduled for May 25 across 37 districts in Puntland.

While the election of the presidency are to be held on January 8, 2024.

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