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Oromo Federalist Congress will not take part in General Election

Oromo Federalist Congress party alleges government repression. Only Fifteen Opposition Political Parties have  registered Candidates

Oromo Federalist Party office (Photo credit : Seyoum Getu via DW Amharic )


Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), one of the main ethnic Oromo Nationalist political Organizations, announced that it will not take part in the 6th general election in Ethiopia which is scheduled to take place in May this year. 

The party’s decision, according to Tiruneh Gemta who is head of the party’s office, is informed by the situation that its members entrusted in coordinating the election are detained. 

Furthermore, the party claimed many of its offices –  across the Oromo region of Ethiopia – are closed, as reported by Voice of America Amharic Service.  So far, no single candidate of the party is registered in any of the electoral districts. 

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia extended candidates’ registration until Thursday this week. So far fifteen political parties have reportedly registered their candidates, according to the board.  

Oromo Federalist Congress has released a statement on Tuesday. It called for the released members that the party allege are arrested. It also called for reopening of offices. 

The ruling Prosperity Party did not react to the allegations of repression against OFC  party members.  However, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia advised the ruling party to abandon the customary practices of arresting opposition party candidates. 

In a consultative meeting with the opposition parties, which took place on Wednesday in the capital Addis Ababa, Bertukan Mideksa, Chairperson, said the ruling party needs to stop arresting candidates.

The number of opposition candidates arrested, on what grounds they are arrested and the locations of their detention is undisclosed 

According to the report by VOA Amharic, the party called for support from the diplomatic community. It was cited as saying “the party will stand for the peaceful struggle until the creation of Ethiopia that is appealing for all its citizens and called for appropriate support from members of the diplomatic community that are working on creating a stable country.”

Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), a radical ethnic Oromo Nationalist Party,  has been making similar accusations regarding harassment of its members by the ruling party. The party is yet to announce if it is not taking part in the election. 

The sixth general election was scheduled to take place in August 2020 but was postponed following a recommendation from a constitutional inquiry committee due to the coronavirus situation in the country. The inquiry committee was assigned after the National Electoral Board advised the parliament that it cannot carry out election related activities under state of emergency introduced to arrest the spread of the coronavirus disease in the country. 


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  1. The next election will be very interesting. I am gonna sit back and watch. I will be watchful of Birtukan bint Mideksa in the coming months rather than the election itself. In my opinion the ruling party has the election in the bag already. It is the most popular party among the voting population and much more organized. But the situation with the opposition is totally different story. It is disgustingly in disarray with more than 40 miniscule parties. They don’t even look eye to eye. In any case, it will be very interesting.

  2. Subject: “Oromo Federalist Congress will not take part in General Election”, borkena, March 3, 2021

    Humble Commentary 5 Mar 2021
    TOO BAD >>> Oromo NOT taking part in the general election of ETHIOPIA.
    That was also similar beginning to Tigray and note where it ended
    Will it be far fetched to assume that another part of Ethiopia will also follow the trend?
    And that trend will lead to the disintegration of ETHIOPIA.

    It is individual ambitious renegades who wanted to have their own way, for their own madness, at the expense of the entire society, They are naturally demented. Consequently, they cannot help it.
    Only — and ONLY — their self-destruction {and consequently the destruction of their society} will be the END of their existence. HISTORY is FULL of it. And the phenomenon keeps sprouting around the Globe. IT IS IN OUR NATURE ………………………………………to infinity. ……..

    To repeat out of sadness, an ANCIENT Independent Black African Country may be DISINTEGRATED into pieces. Who will then benefit out of that DESTRUCTION? The answer is NOT mysterious.


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