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As Somalia prepares for the upcoming Presidential election slated for on May 15, the country’s Police Force say they have imposed a curfew in the capital Mogadishu from 9:00 pm tonight, until Monday morning, 6.00am.

In a Press briefing on Saturday, Somali Police Spokesperson Major Abdifatah Aden Hassan announced that the city will be under lockdown for 33 hours to allow security forces to enhance the security of the town ahead of the polls.

The Spokesperson said that all roads in the capital and shopping malls will be under the key until Monday, May 16 to give a window to security personnel to beef up security in the city and guarantee free flow of candidates to the polling centre.

MPs, security agents and other electoral officials have not been affected by the curfew.

Two former presidents and Prime Minister will lock horns with the incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

Somalia’s long protracted elections will be held in Afisyoni tent in the heavily fortified Halane camp to ward off attacks from Al-Shabaab insurgents and to circumvent attempts by the security command to manipulate the outcome.

A total of 328 lawmakers from both Chambers of the Federal parliament will elect the country’s President in indirect poll.

The Upper House has 54 senators while the Lower House has 275 MPs. These lawmakers were elected through selected delegates in each of the five federal member states, based on a delicate clan balancing act.

37 candidates including the incumbent and female will face off with each other after two candidates decided to step down for other candidates in the last two days.





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