Federal Govt Criticizes Tigray Region Council’s Elections Decision

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister office has criticized Tigray region council’s decision to hold elections this year ignoring Ethiopian parliament’s ruling to delay national polls due to COVID-19.

On Friday, Council approved its ruling party’s bill to proceed with elections postponed nationwide by the electoral board of the country.

Nigussu Tilahun, spokesperson of the Prime Minister office of Ethiopia, called the decision unconstitutional.

“The decision is illegal and the federal government will make sure the decision of the electoral board is respected,” said Nigussu told state-run ENA.

National elections, which had been scheduled for August, were postponed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The vote should be held between nine to twelve months, according to the lawmakers ruling that extends the terms regional and federal councils until health officials deemed the coronavirus is no longer a threat to public health.

Previously, the national electoral board which carries out elections in the country said it has not been informed about Tigray region’s decision.

The head of electoral body Birtukan Demeksa also said that any attempt to hold elections without its authorization would be “unconstitutional and illegal”.


Image: Members of Council of Tigray region [Photo File/bbc]