Ethiopia’s official national election date announced

Ethiopia’s election board insists on conducting the next national election in the month of August, a rainy season in the country. Election schedule is now made public

Ethiopia Election board logo
Ethiopia's Election Board New Logo

borkena
February 14, 2020

The National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) announced on Friday a fixed date for the next general election.

The election for the Federal government will take place on August 29, 2020.  Last month, the Board announced August 18 as a tentative election day.

The Board has also disclosed schedules for election-related activities.

The Board has shared details of the election schedule on its social media page.

A little over a month is allotted for voter registration. It will take place between April 22 and May 21, 2020.

Candidates’ registration will be finalized in two weeks between May 13 and May 27. And they will have to do their campaigns between May 21 and August 24. There have been complaints that some political parties, for example, Oromo Federalist Congress, kicked off what looked like a political campaign across the Oromo region of Ethiopia. However, they experienced political setbacks in a place like Jima city, where there were two rallies in less than a week.

The Board said it would disclose the lists of candidates for the election between July 5 and July 7, 2020.  What comes after that, according to the Board, is printing ballot papers, and the Board plans to finish that task by August 15, 2020.

Results from the polling station will be announced the same day hours after the closure of polling stations.  The Board will announce the official election result on August 24, 2020.

Ethiopia Election schedule
Election schedule (published in Amharic). Credit : Election Board

When The Board announced tentative election day, August 18, in mid-January, political parties opposed it vehemently, saying that the time is a rainy season and not convenient to carry out an election in most parts of Ethiopia due to infrastructure problems.

Meanwhile, the Board introduced a new logo on Friday (see at the beginning of this post).  It said it reflects “institutional transparency and credibility” it is undertaking.



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2 Responses to "Ethiopia’s official national election date announced"

  1. Segu   February 15, 2020 at 1:06 am

    Oromos are getting murdered for condemning the genocide Jawar & Abiy are commiting against the Amharas. Everyone regardless of Ethan c background please show up this coming Tuesday in Ottawa Canada and condemn the criminals .

    THE MUCH MORE WORST THING THAN HAVING AN OROMO FANATIC SUCH AS MERIRA GUDINA LEADING THE COUNTRY IS, HAVING AN OROMO FANATIC SUCH AS ABIY AHMED WHO IS HALF AMHARA / HALF OROMO BY BIRTH LEADING THE COUNTRY.

    TO PROVE FOR HIS OROMO “BASE” THAT HE SIDES WITH OROMO AND DENOUNCES HIS AMHARA SIDE , PM ABIY GOES TO ALL LENGTHS VIOLATING AMHARAS HUMAN RIGHTS , ABIY LIKES IT WHEN OROMOS (JAWAR’S QUERRO) DO WHATEVER KINDS OF CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY THEY WANT TARGETING AMHARAS WHILE ABIY IS THE PM SO HE PROVES THAT HE IS NOT AMARA BUT A NEPHTEGNA SEBARI OROMO , HE LETS THEM GET AWAY WITH IT AS IF THEY DIDN’T COMMIT ANY CRIME, THAT WAY HE FEELS HE PROVEN TO HIS “OROMO” BASE THAT HE IS NOT AN AMHARA BUT 100% OROMO.

    JAWAR AND ABIY ARE A TEAM WHO COMMITED MANY CRIMES THAT SHOULD PREVENT BOTH OF THEM FROM RUNNING FOR A POLITICAL LEADING OFFICE, IMAGINE JAWAR IS BEING ASKED TO PROVE HIS CITIZENSHIP NOW AS IF THAT IS THE ONLY THING THAT STANDS BETWEEN HIM AND HIM RUNNING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE, SINCE PM ABIY IS LETTING JAWAR GET AWAY WITH THE MANY CRIMES JAWAR COMMITS REGULARLY AGAINST AMHARA CIVILIANS , BECAUSE ABIY WANTS TO PROVE TO OROMIA THAT HIS AMHARA SIDE IS COMPLETELY TURNED OFF AND HE IS FULL BLOWN OROMO . FOR THAT REASON AMHARA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ARE SUFFERING SO ABIY SHOWS THAT HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT AMHARAS TO HIS OROMO BASE. ALSO ABIY IS HUNTING OROMOS IN WOLLEGA NOW BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT HIS BASE THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO SEE HIM COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST AMHARAS AND MAKE OROMOS LOOK BAD AS IF ALL OROMOS ARE SIDING WITH THE ABIY AND JAWAR’S TEAM, WE OROMOS DONOT STAND WITH CRIMINALS REGARDLESS WHAT ETHNICITY THE CRIMINALS ARE SO NOW THEY ARE KILLING US IN WESTERN WOLLEGA BECAUSE WE DENOUNCED THE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY ABIY AND JAWAR ARE COMMITING TARGETING AMHARAS. .

    OROMO COMMUNITY OF OTTAWA, CANADA: PROTEST AGAINST MASS KILLING OF OROMO IN ETHIOPIA.

    DATE : TUESDAY FEBRUARY THE 18TH @12PM NOON IN OTTAWA, CANADA

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  2. Hawa   February 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Donot I repeat donot postpone the election. We cannot wait to elect those willing to consider constitutional change. The year 2021 will be the year of miracles, the constitution Sidama Region is drafting is turning out to be the best constitution in history of not only Ethiopia, but in the history of all of humanity .

    When ( not if) the new Sidama state drafted constitution is put to work, the suffocated country of Ethiopia will finally start breathing freely, reclaiming the prestige position Ethiopia holds in the world. To all Ethiopians please do your best effort to live to see the days when the new Sidama state drafted constitution is implemented. We will laugh at the quarrels conflicts we had now , it was just the flawed constitution that was programing us that way, until then the ride is going to get tough so buckle up and hold on because the road is about to be nomore , it is time to fly from one edge of the cliff to the other side where the road continues at the another edge of a cliff. Donot look down because what is in the middle of the edges can be too scary , let’s all just meet on the other side where the new Constitution is awaiting us at.

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