ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has casted his ballot in his hometown Beshasha of Jimma Zone, South Western part of Oromia region.
After voting, Chairperson of the ruling Prosperity party Abiy commended the election process which he said was going well.
He also expressed gratitude to the contending political party leaders, especially those who were abroad, for responding to the government’s call and taking part in the historic poll.
Berhanu Nega, head of Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice, and Deputy Mayor Adanech Abiebie casted their votes in the Nefas Silk Sub-city of Addis Ababa.
Prosperity Party registered 2,432 candidates in the election while the next largest party, Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice, fielded 1,385 candidates.
They are among the total of 47 parties competing in the 6th general elections.
these parties have fielded as many as 9,175 candidates in addition to the 125 candidates who are competing independently.
During Monday’s election, long lines of voters were observed in some parts of the country, while security was stepped up across Africa’s second-most populous country.
Military vehicles were parked in key locations in the capital. More than 37.4 million Ethiopians were expected to vote for 547 federal parliament members.
Despite a few irregularities, the Federal Police Commission said the voting process was going without any security challenge.
Ethiopians all over the country were casting their vote without any security bottlenecks, the Federal Police said in a statement.
Final election results from Monday’s voting are expected within 10 days.
Voters in 78 of a total of 547 constituencies across the country will have to wait until Sept. 6 to vote due to some logistical, security, and administrative issues.