Standing Committee to Review Election Postponement Bill

May 2 , 2020


The Legal, Justice & Administration Affairs Standing Committee is set to review a bill for the postponement of the upcoming national election. The bill was directed to the standing committee with three opposing votes and seven abstentions. The decision to postpone the election was proposed by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia in March due to the effects of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Board explained that the government's restrictions against public gatherings are an obstacle to its work to undertake voter registration, recruitment, and training of electoral staff as well as other pre-election preparation tasks. However, the postponement faced an intense backlash from Adhana Haile (PhD), MP-TPLF, who argued that the spread of the virus in Ethiopia had not reached the status of a pandemic and that the bill falls short by announcing the new dates.


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