ADDIS ABABA – Birtukan Mideksa is resigning from her post as chairperson of the National Elections Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).
In a statement today, chairwoman Birtukan announced that she will be voluntarily stepping down on July 8.
Birtukan has served as chair of the NEBE for four and half years in which she oversaw the 2021 general elections and three referendums in addition to managing political parties.
“My principles throughout all of it have been legality, fairness and honesty,” Birtukan said.
Per the chairperson, the goal, since joining the board and eventually confirmed by the parliament, was to make the board capable of holding elections independently and responsibly.
Birtukan said she along with board members and colleagues worked hard to achieve this, and to respond to the support political parties needed from the board.
“I believe we have managed to succeed in improving the trustworthiness of the board and its capacity, though it’s the voters that should have the final say on the matter,” she said.
Now, the chairwoman further states that the time has come to move “for a longer break” she needed to take care of her health.
In the remaining two weeks, she will be focusing on concluding some unfinished businesses and a smooth transition management, said Birtukan who submitted her resignation letter to House speaker Tagesse Chafo on June 12.
The chairwoman has extended her gratitude to the government, public and members of the parliament for allowing her to serve.