AU Observer Praise Ethiopian Election

ADDIS ABABA – The Head of the African Union’s Observer Mission Olusegun Obasanjo said that despite some handicaps the parliamentary election in Ethiopia is going reasonably well.

“I came five days ago as chief of the African Union mission and over the period I have met the leadership of this country and officials involved in the organization of the elections,” said Obasanjo, who was also a former President Nigeria.

“The general impression is that this election, despite some handicaps, is a lot better than the previous one in terms of opening the space for electoral participation,” the head of the mission said.

“The handicaps are of course understandable,” he said, adding that lack of security, the ongoing pandemic, and some problems on the logistics side were among the handicaps, but the election organizers have done their best and the process has gone reasonably well.