Somali Region Loosing Patience

 

Jijiga, rasaasa – Mar 28, 2021 – Tensions are running high in the Somali region after the Ethiopian National Electoral Commission (NEC) treated Somalis with contempt.
The Ethiopian National Electoral Commission (NEC) has issued a decree barring elections in eight polling stations in the Somali Regional State’s Sitti region, according to Somali regional officials.

Earlier, the Ethiopian National Electoral Commission (NEC) barred elections in 25 of the 93 districts in the Somali region without elaborating.

The exclusion of eight polling stations in the Somali constituency came after the Afar Autonomous Region requested that this be done as the eight constituencies are disputed.

The decision of the Ethiopian National Electoral Commission (NEC) to suspend eight polling stations in the Somali region was rejected by the leadership of the Somali Regional State, who submitted a letter of complaint to the chairperson of the NEC.
Birtukan Mideksa, chairperson of the Ethiopian National Electoral Commission, responded with disrespect and contempt for Somali Regional State President Mustafe Omar, saying he had acted illegally.

Residents in the volatile Sitti region have blocked the Djibouti-Ethiopia port of railway and cargo, which, if closed, could strain the lives of 114 million Ethiopians.

Somali administration officials, along with the region’s prosperous party, have said they will boycott the election if the rights of eight polling stations in the Sitti region are not restored.
the Somali region was the only region that was stable, but it was a region most vulnerable to conflict. Conflict in the Somali region could lead to a difficult situation for Ethiopia.