Voters’ Registration for Sidama Referendum Begins

ADDIS ABEBA – Registration of voters for the Sidama referendum has kicked off on Thursday morning, the national electoral board of Ethiopia said.

The head of the board Birtukan Mideksa said the registration is being carried out in every district of the Sidama Zone in a peaceful manner.

Voters’ registration will continue for the next ten days.

The Sidama referendum, to be conducted in close to 1,800 polling stations established in 598 kebeles, will take place on November 20.

In August, the electoral board said it would deploy 8, 500 election officials for the referendum.

The referendum on self-determination would have created the country’s 10th autonomous region.

Ethiopia’s nine regional states enjoy a level of autonomy where they are able to choose their official language and have limited powers over taxation, education, health and land administration.

At least eight other ethnic groups in Ethiopia, a country of 105 million people, are also seeking autonomy.