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Senior officials from the African Union and the United Nations will visit Somalia next week to discuss peace, development and stabilization efforts, the UN mission in Somalia said on Thursday.

The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) said the focus of the high-level delegation’s Oct. 23 visit will be on women’s role in peace and ways of countering violent extremists and elections.

“The thematic focus of the visit to Somalia will be women’s participation in peace, security and development in the country, most notably on countering violent extremism and on elections,” UNSOM said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

The visit comes after the country’s executive and legislative arms have expressed commitment to adopting an Electoral Law by December to pave way for ‘one person, one vote’ elections slated by end of 2020 or early 2021.

Analysts say the holding of the 2020/2021 universal vote is considered critical for the sake of entrenching the federal system of governance, which is required to appease communities and regions claiming systematic exclusion and marginalization for decades.

The election is also considered crucial because it would entrench political inclusivity, which is part of Somalia’s roadmap to democracy.

During the visit, the AU and UN delegation will meet with the leadership of the Somali government and other national stakeholders, including civil society representatives and electoral authorities. Enditem

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