Political Parties Hold Talks over the upcoming Election

ADDIS ABEBA – Political parties in Ethiopia have held talks over the six National Election scheduled for mid-2021.

The 6th General Elections were supposed to be held in Ethiopia on 29 August 2020 to elect officials to the House of Peoples’ Representatives, but delayed due to the threat posed by COVID-19 pandemic.

Last September, the Parliament gave a green light to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) to restart preparation for the elections.

Wednesday’s discussion has brought several competing political parties and civil society organizations to confer about their role in the upcoming elections.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, chairman of the ruling prosperity party, took part in the discussion which also included NEBE officials and members of civil society organizations.

Federal Attorney General, Gedion Timotios, presented discussion points that revolved around roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders and an overview of electoral systems, according to the Prime Minister Office’s statement.

During the discussion, participants raised the need to create an enabling environment for the election, ensuring the primacy of rule of law preceding the elections, placement of an election code of conduct for stakeholders including election observers and stocktaking of legitimate political parties.

The Prime Minister acknowledged the points raised and shared the federal government’s unwavering efforts to lay the foundation for free and fair elections in Ethiopia.

After the meeting, the PM said “In today’s discussions with political parties and CSOs, we reached an understanding on ways to ensure the 2021 elections are democratic”.

“I shared the federal government’s unwavering efforts to lay the foundation for free & fair elections in Ethiopia,” he added.