Somalia to hold elections despite COVID19 pandemic, envoy tells UN assembly

Friday September 25, 2020

NAIROBI (HOL) – Somalia will forge ahead with elections despite the COVID19 pandemic, the country’s ambassador to the UN has said.

Ambassador Abukar Osman told the 75the session of the UN General Assembly Thursday his country was committed to delivering the elections in line with the constitutional timelines amidst the COVID19 pandemic.

“Despite the challenges of COVID19, we are still working hard to undertake inclusive elections where the Somali people can determine their future,” said Osman.

The ambassador who is also the deputy president of the 75th session of the UNGA added that Somalia was committed to ‘promoting and instilling a strong tradition of democracy and accountable governance which serves the Somali people first and foremost.’

The remarks follow an agreement last week by the country’s leadership to adopt a compromise electoral model for the upcoming elections. Parliamentary elections are set to kick off starting November.

The envoy also pitched for multilateralism noting Somalia was committed active participation of nations in the global arena to address challenges facing the globe.

“The United Nations and the family of nations which compromise its membership must work together through renewed partnership to confront COVID 19.”

“In this regard, we, in Somalia, reaffirm our commitment to multilateralism to overcome all common global obstacles and to capitalize on every opportunity to create a better, safer and equal world.”

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