December 11, 2019
National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) announced that it has recognized and registered nine opposition parties, according to a report by state media, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC).
Eight of the parties are recognized as parties operating in regional states while one party is registered as a national party.
Freedom and Equality Party (FEP) is the party that is recognized and registered as a national party.
The remaining eight region-based parties, which is a euphemism for ethnic-based parties, are :
- Afar People’s Freedom Party (APFP)
- Gamo Democratic Party (GDP)
- Mocha Democratic Party (MDP)
- Kaffa Green Party (KGP)
- Afar People’s Justice and Democracy Party (APJDP)
- Wolayta National Movement (WNM)
- Kucha People’s Democratic Party (KPDP)
- Somali Unity Party (SUP)
Two of the new ethnic parties are from the Afar region of Ethiopia.
Meanwhile, NEBE dismissed earlier this week a news report published by different media outlets saying the Board has disclosed the next election date is wrong, said NEBE in a statement published on December 9. It also advised citizens to ignore reports that are published with alleged “insider information” labels.
The Board organized a meeting with opposition parties on November 29 this year to discuss draft regulation that would guide election board and political party legislation but meeting was dismissed before the start of the meeting as political parties raised issues of credibility. And the Board told the parties to submit a formal written complain. It is unclear if the parties have done that so far.
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