Voters’ Registering Begins in Afar Region

ADDIS ABABA – Residents of Afar regional state have begun registering to vote in the 2021 general election in Ethiopia, an election official said on Monday.

Voters’ registration in the region did not start according to the election schedule set by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).

Problems linked to insecurity and transporting of election materials were among the challenges that forced the process to delay, Tahir Ali, head of NEBE’s Afar branch office, told ENA, a state-run news agency.

Efforts exerted with the support of the government have helped the board to open up at least 1, 432 election stations and begun registering voters on Friday, he added.

Voters’ registration begins on a day the Federal government said it has begun to take actions to ensure the security of the sixth general election after electoral officials complained violence here and there is affecting their pre-election activities.

Voters’ registration, which began on March 25, is expected to continue until April 23. 2021.

Ethiopia will hold a parliamentary election on June 5, 2021.