Kenya and Djibouti will today face off as UN members cast vote on the membership of the powerful United Nations Security Council. UN members are set to vote for a new non permanent member of the council. The African position, currently held by South Africa has seen Kenya and Djibouti lobby for support over the same post.
Kenya has previously held the position twice, between 1973-1974 and 1997 to 1998. Kenya’s position is themed on building bridges, regional peace and security, peacekeeping as well as counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism.
Last year August 5th in the first round of voting, Kenya garnered 33 votes out of 49 ballots cast, falling short of a two-third threshold. This followed DRC’s endorsement, Kenya will be presented as the continent’s sole candidate at polls to be held in New York today.
Kenya will need the support of two-thirds of UN member States (129 votes) to win a seat at the UNSC which comprises China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States sitting as permanent members with 10 fixed-term membership slots shared among African and Asian countries.