ADDIS ABABA – The deadline for voters’ registration period for the sixth general elections has been extended for the second time.
The registration period for most part of the country was expected to end today after election officials extended the deadline by two weeks late last month.
In a press statement Friday, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) said it has decided to delay the deadline by seven days.
The board cited congestions at polling stations due to a surge in the number of people wanting to register and the holiday season as major reasons for extending the deadline.
The latest decision will make the deadline for voters’ registration period in most of the country to conclude on the same day. Previously, the board extended the deadline in Somali and Afar regions, which started registering voters late, by three weeks until May 14 last month.
To date, more than 28.7 million out of the 50 million potential voters have registered to vote, according to the board, which has tentatively set June 5 as the date for the parliamentary election.