Somaliland blocks social media as vote counting begins

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Three candidates are competing to replace President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud, who opted not to seek re-election.

Though, the results are yet to be announced, however, But, what makes this election unique is, that Somaliland has succeeded to conduct one-man-one-vote election and showed ostensibly what democracy means to the rest of the East African countries, which in the history have not did the same.

The one-person-one-vote democratic election process in Somaliland stands in stark contrast to that in Somalia, which elected a president earlier this year in a limited electoral process that saw handpicked clan elders choosing delegates who were allowed to vote.

"Now that we are seeing the hard work bear fruit, we are hoping we will see a spirited and peaceful polling day marking another step in Somaliland's democratic development", Walls said. It is not known how many eligible voters casted their ballots, as the results are still being counted by the National Electoral Commission (NEC).

The counting process "may take a couple of days before it finishes and the result is announced, it can be between 16th and 18th of this month", said election commission chairman Abdikadir Iman Warsame.

Sixty global observers from 27 countries have been invited to oversee the elections by Somaliland's electoral authorities.

The observers said they heard reports of some problems, but not many.

At least three people sustained injuries in slight incidents occurred at some polling stations, he said.

"There were also some complaints from parties of voters being prevented from voting, though again, we didn't hear of anything that seemed systematic or widespread".

"I am very happy to vote and I will give my vote to the most suitable candidate", Sagal Mohamed told Xinhua.

The northern territory, which is more tribally homogenous and stable than the rest of Somalia, broke away in 1991 and has been striving to attain global recognition ever since. The territory has run its own affairs since, but has never been recognized as an independent country.