National Election Board Recruiting Committee has finalized its work. It is the parliament that will pick the last 4 candidates from the list of eight shortlisted names.
June 7, 2019
Two weeks after announcing the opening of the nomination process for National Electoral Board Membership position, the recruitment committee disclosed on Friday shortlisted candidates.
According to the committee, eight candidates are shortlisted of which only four will be picked for a board position. The successful ones are expected to be full-time employees unlike the practice before.
Ethiopian State Broadcaster (EBC) reported that the committee received about 200 nominations for the position via phone, fax, and electronic mail.
Dr. Meshesha Shewarega, chair of the recruiting committee, nominees screened in three phases and finally, eight candidates were shortlisted.
Consequently, the committee picked Megabi Zerihun Degu, Melaku Sebhat Bedane, Wubshet Ayele Gete, Berhane Moges Fikir, Demoze Mamo, Bizuwork Ketete, Getahun Kassa and Abera Degefu Negawo.
The number of Board Members is cut down to five as part of the Abiy Ahmed’s administration reform measure and the vacant positions are only four. The number of board members was nine prior to the reform measure and members were working on a part-time basis only.
The committee has completed its work. The prime minister will present shortlisted candidates to the parliament and the final four will be elected, according to the report by Fana Broadcasting Corporation.
In terms of academic background, the candidates were required to be from political science, law, public administration, statistics and information technology. Political neutrality was another selection criterion.
There have been calls for Ethiopian government to postpone national election in the country on grounds of security concern.
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