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Voter registration deadline extended due to schedule offset

In the parts of Ethiopia where there was latest massacre of Amhara , new deadlines are not yet introduced

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The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia on Friday announced that it has extended the deadline for voter registration. 

The decision came a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had a meeting with authorities of the Board and heads of regional states and city administrations. 

According to the schedule that the Board announced before, voter registration was supposed to be completed on April 23. However, Voter registration turnout was low and there were also places where it did not happen at all due to security problems, as disclosed by the Election Board

There were also logistical problems, as disclosed by the Election Board Chairwomen, Bertukan Mideksa, during a meeting with PM Abiy Ahmed on Thursday. 

In a statement released on Friday, the Board said there have been improvements in the number of voter registration compared  to last week including in areas where it started late as in the case of Afar and Somali regions of Ethiopia. 

According to the Board, as of April 23, 2021 18, 427,239 people have been registered across 41,659 polling stations across the country. 

The new deadlines are not all the same. Some places have longer deadlines than others. In Somali and Afar regions, where voter registration started late due to security and other issues, it is extended up to May 14, 2021. 

In areas where it was paused after it was started due to a combination of factors including security, the new deadline is May 7, 2021. 

The Board also said that there are areas where voter registration is not started at all – in the four zones of Wollega. And the Board said that it is working to start registration. It means that the deadlines for registration in those areas will be longer. 

The situation in Benishangul Gumuz is similar. The process was impeded, like Wollega region of Ethiopia, on similar grounds. 

In areas in North Shoa and South Wollo (both in Amhara regions), where there had been a massacre of Amhara for several days, the registration was halted. More than 250,000 people were displaced from several cities.  

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia did not give new deadlines for those regions. And it said that it will announce deadlines and   the circumstances under which voter registration will start in those regions

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Low voters turnout is not the end of the world. In my neck of woods here in the USA low voter turnout is almost a dead giveaway. But it could be concerning in countries like the old country where blackmailing and intimidation have been reported in all previous staged elections. That is why this coming election can be a trend setter. If the opposition wins seats and keeps them without the incumbent relinquish peacefully, that will be something to sing about. Let’s hope that will be the case.

  2. Please make that: If the opposition wins seats and keeps them with the incumbent relinquishing peacefully, that will be something to sing about.

  3. Subject: “Voter registration deadline extended due to schedule offset”, borkena, April 23, 2021

    Humble Commentary, 25 April 2021
    QUOTE: ” The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia on Friday announced that it has extended the deadline for voter registration”UNQUOTE

    There is something wrong!!!
    For how many times is the Election going to be postponed?
    The action gives a way for others to make a case of grievances leading to partisan election — a complete reversal of FREE, OPEN, and DEMOCRATIC ELECTION. It is a clear regression away from democracy to the old game of aristocracy — and what a TRAGEDY that would be!!!!!!.
    Please, don’t make ETHIOPIA an example of ETERNAL TRAGEDY and EMBARRASSMENT to the BLACK RACE around the GLOBE and glaring opportunity for RACISTS to say: “WE TOLD YOU SO”, reflecting their constant joy and prejudice against the Black African Race.

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