Initially scheduled to take place in August 2020, the Ethiopian parliamentary elections had already been postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19. This decision was criticised by opponents of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s power, who accuse him of wanting to stay at the head of the country.
In Ethiopia, the general elections will be postponed again. The announcement was made on Saturday 15 May 2021 by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), the body responsible for organizing this important event in Ethiopian political life.
According to the institution, this delay is due to logistical problems, in particular related to the registration of citizens on the electoral lists. As a result, the process would be slowed down by the deteriorating security situation in some parts of the country, but also by the difficulties associated with printing and transporting bulletins.
This postponement is not the first one announced by the Ethiopian authorities concerning the conduct of the parliamentary elections in the Negus country. Originally planned for August 2020, they were postponed to June 5, 2021, officially due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, several opponents, notably from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), had considered this decision as an attempt by the first Abiy Ahmed, to stay in power, without going to elections.
This new announcement should provoke further criticism from some of the Ethiopian political class hostile to the Prime Minister, particularly in regions that are demanding more power.
It should be noted that for the moment no new date has been announced for the elections. However, the authorities indicate that the postponement should not exceed three weeks.
Source : Agence Ecofin / Par Moutiou Adjibi Nourou