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EZEMA accuses incumbent of disrupting pre-election process

The Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice a.k.a. EZEMA criticized the incumbent for irregularities that have materialized in the pre-election period such as voter and candidate registration, labeling the incumbent a major obstacle to a free and fair election.

The party expressed its frustration over the irregularities caused mainly by the incumbent, during a press conference held at its headquarters located around the national stadium on Thursday, May 27, 2021.

“We have faced so many challenges in our activities related to the overall process of the upcoming election so far, and the incumbent is persisting on its nefarious role of hindering the democratic process of the country,” EZEMA said.

Despite witnessing numerous gaps in the process of building a democratic system in the country and a lack of commitment from the incumbent, the party firmly believes that election is the only way to get out of this quagmire, read the presser.

“Our patience for the establishment of a democratic political system in the country is observed as a weakness by the ruling party. We are also witnessing some wicked tendencies by the incumbent to stay in power by using the upcoming election as an instrument to extend its nominal legitimacy,” it said.

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EZEMA, labeled by many as a sympathizer of the ruling party, further pointed its finger at other opposition parties and categorized them as “Parties that put different obstacles and derail the democratization process in the country.”

Even though the party accused the incumbent and its cadres of the irregularities, it applauded the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) for its effort to address and provide solutions to some of the complaints presented by the party.

The party stated that if the incumbent is determined to establish a democratic political system, then it shall refrain from derailing the process and become part of the solution in an effort to curb the challenges.

EZEMA is an outcome of a coalition between seven political parties, both from abroad and Ethiopia, to create a formidable political alternative in the tittering Ethiopian political environment. The seven opposition political parties dissolved to achieve this goal include Patriotic Ginbot 7 (PG7), Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), All Ethiopian Democratic Party (AEDP), Semayawi Party (Blue), Gambella Regional Movement (GRM) and former leaders of the Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ).

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