ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia’s electoral board said the country will hold the national poll on August 29, 2020 – pushing the tentative date disclosed last month forward by fortnights.
The board was a subject of criticism over the timing after it proposed August 16 as the election date.
It is in the middle of Ethiopia’s rainy season and, therefore, could affect the turnout, some opposition said.
The latest election schedule, revealed at second electoral stakeholders Conference on Friday, indicates that the board has pushed the voting date forward to August 29, 2020.
The board’s chairwoman Birtukan Mideksa said pushing the schedule “a little further will ease our burden” as fewer areas will have rain compare at the end of the month.
Voter registration would begin in April and campaigning in May as it was stated in the first schedule.
Friday’s meeting, where NEBE has revealed a new logo, has been attended by senior government officials, international donors, political parties and other actors together.
NEBE officials stated that 40 percent of the Board’s personnel have been assigned in the regional electoral stations.
Ethiopia has held regular parliamentary elections since the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) took power in 1991 but, with the exception of 2005, none were competitive.