The Vice Chancellors of nine universities in Somaliland urged presidential candidates and their supporters to run a clean campaign and to hold national unity and public safety uppermost in their agendas.
“We urge the three candidates running for the presidency to place the peace and stability of the nation foremost in their campaigns and refrain from any and all issues that may infringe on the status quo,” the rectors’ six-point communique, read out my Beder University Chancellor, Mubarak Aar, stressed.
The rectors cautioned candidates and supporters alike to distance themselves from propagating, disseminating and/or acting on on divisive issues and fake news against one another.
Prof. Suleiman Ahmed Guleid, Vice Chancellor of Amoud University, Prof. Mohamoud Yussuf, University of Hargeisa VC, Prof. Abdirizak Mohamed Adan, Nugal University VC & Dr. Hussein Bulhan, Vice Chancellor of Frantz Fanon, spoke at the occasion, too, elaborating on the main themes.
The nine rectors commended the National Electoral Commission and the various army and security branches of the Republic of Somaliland on their impeccable record and dedication to assigned responsibilities thus far.
Three former vice presidents of Somaliland, who held office from 1991 and the declaration of a restoration of Somaliland’s 1960 independence which got lost in the ill-fated union with Italian Somalia, earlier on Monday, held a press conference in Hargeisa, to, also, advise moderation in the campaigning rhetoric of candidates, officials of the three running parties and their respective supporters.
The VPs communique was signed by Hassan Isse Jama, Abdirahman Aw Ali Farah and Ahmed Yussuf Yassin. Somaliland’s fourth VP, Abdirahman Abdullahi Ismail “Zeili’i”, was not a signatory as he is the running mate for Musa Behi of the ruling party, Kulmiye.
The election slated for next Monday, November 13, will be the third one-man, one-vote to decide the topmost leader of the country and the sixth of the same kind since 2003.