Voting Begins in Somali, Harari, SNNP regions

ADDIS ABABA – Voters in Somali, Harari and SNNP regional states are heading today to polling stations to cast their votes in the delayed parliamentary elections.

Elections in the three regions did not take place on June 21 after the national electoral board of Ethiopia postponed them citing irregularities and problems with the printing of ballot papers.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity party already won 410 of the 436 parliamentary seats that were contested.

Forty-seven seats are now being contested in the ongoing election in the three elections today, with over 7.6 million people expected to cast their votes.

South Western Ethiopian People referendum is also taking place in SNNP Regional state on whether to breakaway and form their own regional state, which would make it Ethiopia’s 11th.