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Ethiopian Parliament approved appointments of Election Board members

A considerable number of members of Ethiopian Parliament opposed the appointment

Ethiopian Parliament  / file
Ethiopian Parliament in session

June 13, 2019

The Ethiopian Parliament approved on Thursday the appointments of National Election Board of Ethiopia members. Four candidates are appointed from shortlisted eight candidates.

There were dissenting voices in the parliament, based on a report by Deutsche Welle Amharic Service.

Seventeen members of parliament voted “no” to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s proposal. They opposed the appointments on grounds that “the Prime Minister did not consult with Agar parties [sister parties] about the recruitment process of the elected board members,” according to DW Report.

A representative of the Prime Minister who presented the lists of candidates to the parliament argued that the PM called upon the opposition parties to take part in the recruitment process of the candidates but only 20 opposition party representatives attended the process. There are more than 100 opposition and sister parties in Ethiopia.

Of the eight shortlisted candidates, the parliament approved the appointment of Bizuwork Ketete (woizerit), Wubshet Ayele, Getahun Kassa, and Abera Degefa.

Members of the parliament who voted for the above-mentioned individuals believe that they are politically “neutral,” and have adequate academic and experience for the position.

Wubshet Ayele is named as Deputy Chair of National Election Board of Ethiopia. Bertukan Mideksa retains her position as chairperson.

It was on June 7, 2019, that the recruitment committee disclosed shortlisted applicants from among that it said 200 nominations via phone, e-mail and fax.

Among criteria for the nominations were, Ethiopian citizenship, political neutrality, and academic background related to the works of election board including political science, law, public administration, statistics and information technology, as reported by borkena.

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