Files lawsuit against NEBE
Balderas for True Democracy Party (Balderas) rejected the results of the sixth general elections in Addis Ababa and decided to take its case to court. It has called on its members to prepare themselves for a strengthened peaceful struggle.
The party, which partook in the sixth general elections, stated that it has conducted a “scientific research” to assess the irregularities on voting day and presented its findings on Friday, July 30, 2021.
Subsequently, the party revealed that the process during the voting day, from dawn to night, was flawed, prompting it to totally reject the results of the election and demand for the election to be repeated.
The party recalled that it conducted similar researches during the pre-election period to assess the process, and found it to be marred by irregularities and suggested that it will affect the next steps of the election. And according to the new assessment, following the voting date, the party said that its prior projections were precise.
The party stated, even though there were high expectations by many stakeholders for the elections to pave way for a democratic system in the country, the outcome has proved to the contrary and made the entire effort futile.
“The outcome of the elections showed that the cadres of the incumbent deliberately worked to disrupt the process,” the party boldly claimed.
The leaders of the party presented their findings compiled in a 30 page document that provides a detailed account of irregularities members, representatives and observers of the party encountered on the day of voting in almost all polling stations situated in Addis Ababa city.
Accordingly, the report indicates that its members, representatives and observers were subjected to various harassments, intimidations and physical abuse in some instances.
Apart from rejecting the results totally, it also revealed that it has filed a charge against the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) and prepared all the necessary evidence that demonstrate the election was flawed.
It is to be recalled that Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice a.k.a. EZEMA has also filed a charge against the Board in relation with the results of the election.
Balderas is established by Eskinder Nega, as a civic society to safeguard the political, economic and social rights and interests of the residents of Addis Ababa; however, it later changed into a political party.