Somaliland, the self-proclaimed independent region of Somalia, has rejected plans to elect Senate representatives to represent it in the federal parliament, even as officials said the vote would continue.
On Wednesday, the region said it was not interested in having representatives in the Somali parliament and warned Somali politicians to stop spreading “misleading information”.
“The Republic of Somaliland advises politicians against false and unrealistic statements that mislead the international community,” the statement from the Somaliland Foreign Ministry read.
Although it declared its independence in 1993, Somaliland has not been officially recognized by any independent state. It manages its currency, its central bank, its army and the three branches of government and regularly organizes its elections.
Earlier this year, he held local elections in which no women were elected, raising questions about gender parity even though the vote was widely seen as credible.
Since 2016, politicians in the region in favor of unity with all of Somalia have been allowed to hold elections in which representatives are elected to join the Upper House (Senate) and the Lower House (House of the People).
Somaliland protested to the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union and some countries on Wednesday, saying the northwest region has something to do with the elections being conducted by the Somali authorities.
Somaliland, which includes the northern parts of Somalia, was reacting to an announced timetable to have elected representatives in Mogadishu, for the northern regions.
The State Election Implementation Team (SEIT), the body responsible for conducting the parliamentary election of candidates running for the 11 Somaliland Senate seats in the Somali parliament, released a timetable on Wednesday.
The team said candidate registration will begin on September 23 while training will take place on September 26 for delegates to vote for Senate candidates.