UN Security Council is set to make a visit to Somalia ahead to crucial elections scheduled for August 2016.
According to Egypt’s UN Ambassador, Amr Aboulatta, the visit is aimed at showing support for the elections and to the people of Somalia.
15 envoys are expected to travel to Nairobi in May 17-21 and hold meetings also in Cairo with Arab League in relation to Somalia’s elections.
Aboulatta said the UN council will be going to Somalia to push for the elections, saying the council will give it support.
The August vote will be Somalia’s second since 1991 when warlords ousted President Mohamed Said Barre. After the 1991 elections Somalia plunged into years of war and chaos.
Somalia had last elections in 2012.
Last month while in New York during a special meeting, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud explained preparations for the August vote are in place. UN Security Council was also represented in the special meeting.
Voting for the upcoming general elections will take place through electoral colleges; the council said it should be stepping stone to one-person, one –vote elections in 2020.
Under the electoral model, 30 percent of seats in parliament will be reserved for women.