ADDIS ABABA – The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) said it has revoked the legal status of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) as a political party.
The board said it conducted an evaluation process which confirmed that TPLF has engaged in armed rebellion and hence can no longer meet the board’s criteria for a legal status.
The board said it confirmed the party’s involvement in the violence, citing statements made by the party and publicly available facts to determine whether the TPLF was involved in the violence.
In addition, it tried to contact a former representative of TPLF’s Addis Ababa office, who had been working as a liaison between the party and the board, to give him the opportunity to respond but the alleged representative said he could not represent the party.
The board says party officials will no longer be able to represent or act on behalf of the party, and requested the Attorney General to disclose the details of the investigation into the assets registered under the name of the TPLF.
The Board has also ordered three other political parties operating in Tigray to provide explanation on allegations that they were involved in illegal elections and acts of violence.
The three parties requested by the NEBE to give explanation are Asimba Democratic Party, National Congress of Great Tigray (Bitona) and Salsay Weyane Tigray.
Last year’s national and regional elections were postponed by the Ethiopian parliament due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the TPLF went ahead with it in defiance to the federal government.
Featured Image: The last chairperson of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) Debretsion G/Michael [Photo File]