MPs May Hold Emergency Session over Local Elections

ADDIS ABABA – Lawmakers, who went on recess Monday, may reconvene to decide on the fate of local elections soon, speaker of the lower house of Ethiopian parliament said.

Addis Abeba city and Dire Dawa city councils and local elections were initially scheduled to be conducted during the 2017-2018 Ethiopian fiscal year.

But it was postponed after members of parliament approved a motion to delay them in April 2018.

The house reasoned the extended unrest that the nation was in as a major reason for the lawmakers’ decision.

While speaking to reporters on Thursday, the speaker of the house Tagesse Chafo said that the house will hold an emergency session to decide on a resolution regarding the local elections again soon.

Tagesse said the resolution will be presented by the national electoral board of Ethiopia to the house. He did not disclose the date.

He said the electoral board has been assessing whether conditions are right to conduct the elections or not.

Lawmakers will hold an emergency session to decide on the resolution that they will submit to the house based on their assessment, he added.

Tagesse also briefed local reporters on Monday on the performance of the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) in just ended 2018/19 fiscal year.

The speaker described the concluded budget year as the period that the house entertained “very democratic, rational and hot discussions” on various issues, unlike previous years.

MPs have the developed democratic culture of discussion and they spoke and asked without fear of retribution and threat and frustration, the speaker said.

During the year, 67 bills were presented in the house. Of this, MPs managed to ratify 62 proclamations.

They also ratified two regulations and passed 32 resolutions, according to the speaker of the house.

By Sisay Sahlu

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