The country’s electoral body said on Saturday that Ethiopia had postponed parliamentary elections scheduled for June 5, adding that it did not anticipate a delay of more than three weeks.
The Horn of Africa country was originally scheduled to hold a vote in August 2020, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, there has been a conflict in the northern region of Tygrai, which will not take part in the vote, as well as in other areas.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his Prosperity Party are facing challenges from increasingly assertive ethnic parties seeking more power in their regions.
Birtukan Midexa, chairman of the National Electoral Council of Ethiopia (NEBE), “indicated that delays in polling station opening and voter registration delayed voting day,” state news agency Fana reported.
Midexa confirmed to Reuters that the June 5 vote will not take place.
“We will inform everyone (find out) as soon as possible how many additional weeks / days to complete the pending tasks … No more than 3 weeks,” she added.
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