The Ethiopian Electoral Commission announced on Friday 25 December 2020 that the parliamentary elections will take place on 5 June 2021. Originally scheduled for August 2020, the vote could not be held due to the devastating Covid-19 around the world.However, this delay had been the subject of intense tension between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray region, one of the country’s nine regions since 1995.
The idea of postponing the legislative election, decided by the government because of the current health situation, had helped to increase tensions between the government of the Prime Minister and founder of the Prosperity Party, Abiy Ahmed, and the dissident Tigray region in the north of the country, against which a military operation was launched on 4 November 2020. For good reason, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) organized its own regional elections in September 2020, which the Ethiopian government considered illegal.
The Ethiopian Electoral Commission published on its Facebook page on Friday 25 December 2020, the date of the legislative election now set for 5 June 2021. Thus, Ethiopian citizens who wish to take part in its elections will have to register on the electoral lists from 1 to 30 March 2021.
The Ethiopian government’s announcement does not at the moment concern the Tigray region, for which special measures will be taken by its interim administration.
According to the United Nations (UN), the fighting in the Tigray region has resulted in more than 50,000 refugees in neighbouring Sudan and nearly 63,000 internally displaced persons.