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Parties vow to effectively use free airtime, print space PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 February 2015 14:08

 

Political parties which will contest in the upcoming Ethiopia’s general elections vowed to effectively use the airtime and print space on state media provided for free for election campaign.

 

“We are ready to properly use both print and electronic media during the election campaign due to begin next Monday” heads of the parties told reporters.

President of the New Generation Party (NGP), Asfaw Getachew, said that his party is ready to carry out the election campaign using Amharic, Oromifa, Afar, and Somali languages.

He said NGP has fielded 130 young candidates aged between 25-30 years, including 23 candidates in Addis Ababa. Some 4 of the candidates delegated by the party for Addis Ababa are females.

Public Relations Head and Deputy Chairperson of the Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum (MEDREK), Tilahun Endeshaw, said that in addition to using the free airtime and print space on state media, the party is ready to use leaflets and conferences for the campaign.

He said the party will use Amharic, Oromifa, Tigrigna and Sidamigna languages during the campaign

MEDREK has already fielded a total of 1,186 candidates across the country (303 candidates for seats in the parliament and 883 candidates for regional council), according to Tilahun.

Deputy Chairperson and Election Affairs Head of Blue Party, Sileshi Feyissa, said that his party will carry out the campaign using Amharic, Oromifa and English languages.

According to Sileshi, his party has fielded 400 candidates throughout the country, including 23 candidates in Addis Ababa. Some 4 of the candidates fielded in Addis Ababa are females.

Silesh finally called on the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), contesting political parties, the public and media to play their role for the peaceful and democratic conduct of the elections.

 

 
NEBE to Draw Lots to Trim Number of Candidates from 328 to 276 in Addis Ababa PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 February 2015 14:07


Addis Ababa Feb 18/2015 Polling station coordinators in Addis Ababa said the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) would publicly draw lots to determine the maximum number of candidates that compete in each polling station to 12.

As the election law restricts the number of candidates in one station to 12, polling stations where more than the stated number of candidates are found would first be identified and lots would be drawn to determine those who would be eliminated, it was learned.

A total of 328 candidates are reportedly fielded by 25 political parties in the capital city. Of these only 276 will compete in the election.

Six candidates that had good performance in the last election would automatically qualify in each polling station while the remaining will draw lots.

The whole process is going to be handled by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia which will held the drawing of lots openly in the concerned stations, it was indicated
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NEBE to Draw Lots to Trim Number of Candidates from 328 to 276 in Addis Ababa PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 February 2015 14:07


Addis Ababa Feb 18/2015 Polling station coordinators in Addis Ababa said the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) would publicly draw lots to determine the maximum number of candidates that compete in each polling station to 12.

As the election law restricts the number of candidates in one station to 12, polling stations where more than the stated number of candidates are found would first be identified and lots would be drawn to determine those who would be eliminated, it was learned.

A total of 328 candidates are reportedly fielded by 25 political parties in the capital city. Of these only 276 will compete in the election.

Six candidates that had good performance in the last election would automatically qualify in each polling station while the remaining will draw lots.

The whole process is going to be handled by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia which will held the drawing of lots openly in the concerned stations, it was indicated
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The Board secretary office described about general election of 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 February 2015 09:07


The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia secretary office described about general election of 2015 to University of Bradford study visitors in its hall.
Ato Wenedemu Gola Deputy Chief Secretary of the Board verified that the Board committed to implement fair and democratic election in a country.
The aim of those visitors is to get awareness about the current election of Ethiopia. During this discussion they raise different questions about the implementation of election2015. The Deputy chief secretary is also respond their questions Vividly. Finally they thanked the Board for giving the chance to take part on the discussion.
<National Electoral Board of Ethiopia's photo.

 

 
The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia conducted workshop for political parties PDF Print E-mail

The National Electoral board of Ethiopia conducted workshop on ‘election violence and early warning’ for political party leaders in Addis Ababa, Adama and Hawasa. The participants were from national and regional parties and of the total parties invited (75), 66 attended in the workshops organized. Each party was represented by two participants.

While opening the workshop, the board chairperson, Professor Merga Bekana noted that the constitution of Ethiopia clearly stipulated that election is the only means to hold government power and thus multy- party democracy is the foundation of the political system in the country. And hence citizens are free to organize themselves to form political parties and through peaceful competition can hold government power if won elections.

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