Fri. May 20th, 2022

Jijiga, Mar 14, 2021 – Ethiopia’s National Electoral Commission (NEBE) has registered 47 political parties to run in the June general elections, following the expiration of the registration deadline.
Two rounds were held to process applications and submit documents that needed to be completed, 8,084 applicants from political parties and 125 independent candidates were registered, the electoral commission said in a statement.
The Ethiopian National Electoral Commission (NEBE) has previously revoked the license of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), following a decision by the Ethiopian government.
The election has now been boycotted by the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), after complaints to NEBE went unaddressed. Earlier, the Oromo Federalism Congress was barred from running in the election, after Abiy Ahmed’s government refused to release party leaders.
The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), the most popular party in the Somali region, said it had been denied registration at 18 polling stations, where 87 members would be registered.
A spokesman for the ONLF said in a press conference that the Somali Autonomous Region had arrested, assaulted and threatened them during the registration process. The complaint was lodged with the government and the Ethiopian National Electoral Commission, which said the ONLF’s decision would depend on the response of the Ethiopian National Electoral Commission.
It is uncertain whether the Ethiopian election will take place in the midst of a political turmoil that cannot be underestimated. Abiy Ahmed’s government is under political and economic pressure from Western countries over the massacre in Tigray region.

By Rasaas