Parliament approves holding of postponed elections
During an extraordinary session on 22nd September, the House of Peoples Representatives passed a resolution allowing Ethiopia to hold its general election by September next year, with adherence to COVID-19 guidelines laid out by the Ministry of Health.
Ethiopia was to have held its national election on 29th August but postponed it due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Minister of Health Dr Lia Tadesse said COVID-19 won’t pose a threat to conducting the postponed election if precautions are taken, and Ethiopia has benchmarked best preventive practices from around the world and implemented them, and “the people have been implementing precautionary measures and developing protective awareness.”
With regards to political campaigning, candidates can do door-to-door campaigning. Public gatherings and rallies can be held subject to adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.
The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia will announce the exact election schedule in due course.
…50 million expected to vote
In a recent media briefing, the National Electoral Board said around 50 million Ethiopians are expected to cast their vote in the upcoming general election.
50,900 polling stations are ready around the country 152,700 people have been nominated by the board to register voters ahead of the poll. Another 254,900 have been appointed to administer the election process at the polling stations.
The Board has secured voter-registration forms (in five local languages), voters’ smart ID cards, transparent ballot boxes and voting equipment including keys, bags and other containers.
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