Election: CSOs Requested to Register Interest to Organize Debates

ADDIS ABABA – National Electoral Board of Ethiopia has requested Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and Media Houses to submit expressions of interest (EOI) to organize debates among competing political parties.

Ethiopia will hold the 6th parliamentary election this year, on June 5, 2021.

Political parties officially started registering their candidates and campaigning starting from mid-November as they competent to secure vote in the election which will be key to Country’s the transition to democracy.

Registered CSOs as well as Media Houses are planning to create platforms for competing parties to unveil their manifesto to voters..

On Saturday, the Board requested CSOs and media houses interested to organize debates for the upcoming election to submit proposals within five days.

Their request should incorporate the objectives of the debate, mode of engagement, code of conduct, medium of languages, and mode of broadcasting to reach the public, according to the board.

The national vote was postponed from August last year to June, 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis. The Board’s calendar for polls did not include an election in Tigray. It said the date for a Tigray vote would be set once an interim government, which was established during the conflict, opened election offices, according to NEBE.