Acting National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) director-general Yasin Farey was today awarded the certificate of participation to run as an MP for Galmudug in the upcoming Lower House elections, barely a month after joining the intelligence agency.
The Galmudug State Indirect Elections Team (SIET) awarded the certificate to Farey and six other candidates participating in the Lower House elections.
Farey replaced Fahad Yasin, who was moved to Villa Somalia as National Security Advisor.
It is not clear if Farey had resigned from his position as acting director of NISA, as stipulated by Somalia’s electoral law.
His entry into the race confirms reports that Farmaajo was keen on having some of his trusted lieutenants run for political office.
Farey will be contesting for HOP#26, which has come under scrutiny in recent days. Former NISA director Brig. Gen Abdirahman Turyare, one of six candidates vying for the seat, said there was a Villa Somalia plot to rig the election on Farey’s behalf and warned against electoral interference.
Galmudug, Somaliland and South West have also started the process. However, the delegates who will be electing the MPs have not been fully constituted.