ADDIS ABABA – National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) announced on Thursday it has granted two international institutions with accreditation to observe the general election next month.
These organisations are the International Republic Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI).
The Board granted the accreditation for the two institutes as per the government of Ethiopia’s invitation to international organizations to observe the sixth general elections.
“The NEBE Management Board has issued the accreditation, after reaching an agreement with the joint mission after evaluating the joint mission’s methodology and accepting the mission’s adherence to Principles for International Election Observation and code of conduct for international observers,” the Board said.
The NEBE Management Board and the observation mission has reached an agreement on the limited scope nature of the observation mission, as a result of the challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The limitation will be acknowledged in the final finding of the joint mission, it said.
The NEBE has already issued accreditation to 45 domestic groups to observe the election which will be held on June 21.
After the scheduled June election, Ethiopia will form a new government in September.