The United Nations Security Council has called on Somali president to secure a parliamentary approval for the forthcoming election’s model amid concerns over the protracted process to endorse the 2016 electoral model, submitted by the government last month.
Sources close to the UN told HOL that the visiting United Nations Security Council envoys in Mogadishu have called for Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to pluck his constitutional power to have the parliament vote on the bill, which they said would have an ‘automatic’ UN support.
During their separate meetings with Somali leaders, diplomats warned that further delays by the parliament to approve the election model would see the United Nations, African Union and IGAD decide the model of elections the country would hold this year.
According to Somalia’s Provisional Federal Constitution, adopted in 2012, the mandates of the Somali Federal Parliament and of the government would come to an end in August and September 2016, respectively.
The international community which is spearheading efforts aimed at restoring peace and order into the Somalia which is recovering from decades of war mandated the current government to lead the country into general elections following the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a new parliament and the adoption of a new constitution in 2012