Somaliland: 4 dead on poll day

2010-06-27 17:39

Hargeisa - Officials in Somaliland say a voting-day skirmish killed four people in a contested area of the self-declared republic.

The election board says a militia from neighbouring Puntland region tried to raid a polling station in an area claimed by Somaliland and Puntland. Officials said late on Saturday the disturbance forced them to close 34 stations early in that area.

The International Republican Institute, a US observer group, said on Sunday their observers found few voting irregularities in the region.

Three men ran for president of the region, a haven of relative peace in northwest Somalia that declared its independence in 1991.

Somaliland has its own security and police forces, justice system and currency, but is not recognised by any other state.