Ethiopia Election Board Proposes August Vote
Sumaira FH 14 days ago Wed 15th January 2020 | 05:26 PM
Ethiopia's electoral board on Wednesday proposed holding landmark national polls in August, at the height of the rainy season, a schedule that immediately drew criticism from at least two political parties
Addis Ababa, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Jan, 2020 ) :Ethiopia's electoral board on Wednesday proposed holding landmark national polls in August, at the height of the rainy season, a schedule that immediately drew criticism from at least two political parties.
Abiy, this year's Nobel Peace prize laureate, believes the polls will give him a mandate for wide-ranging political and economic reforms. He has repeatedly said he expected them to take place in May or June, which he reiterated over the weekend during a visit to South Africa.
But a draft schedule distributed Wednesday by the electoral board calls for voting on August 16.
"They're debating now and getting inputs," she told AFP. "They'll take the feedback and publish the schedule by February 1." Asked if she expected the schedule to be altered between now and the end of the month, she said "not much".
During a forum Wednesday at which the schedule was unveiled, multiple political party and civil society representatives raised concerns about the timing, saying the rains would wreak havoc with logistics.
Participants also questioned the readiness of the electoral board and the security situation in Ethiopia, which has struggled to curb ethnic violence.