UN envoy to brief Security Council on Somalia polls, security situation

The Special Representative for the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, will today brief the Security Council in New York on the security and political situations in Somalia.

James Swan is expected to inform the Council on the dispute between the federal government and the opposition regarding the electoral bodies that were recently established by the Prime Minister and rejected by the opposition and the Speaker of the Upper House of Parliament.

The UN Security Council is expected to call on the federal government to consider the grievances by the opposition by forming a new, agreed upon election implementation commission.

Over 10 presidential candidates meeting in the capital, Mogadishu, have rejected the electoral bodies that were recently appointed by the prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, saying they were not neutral.