Elections 2021 rescheduled for June 21

ADDIS ABABA – National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has decided to hold the general elections on June 21, 2021, its spokesperson announced today.

Last weekend, the Board decided to postpone the voting day for the parliamentary election due to delays in opening polling stations and voters’ registration as well as challenges related to logistics.

Electoral board spokeswoman Solyana Shimeles, said the polling day will be on Monday June 21, 2021 in areas where voters’ registration has been finalized.

She, however, said voting will not take place in areas where voter registration did not take place, complaints were submitted, and places that the Board believes lack uniformity in voter registration.

The decision came after subsequent meetings with Abiy’s government, opposition parties and regional officials.

Around 36 million Ethiopians had registered to vote as of Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

The general elections will include races for national and regional parliamentarians. Unlike the original election schedule, the board said both will be held on the same day.