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    Election Board rules out Federation’s decision to hold referendum for 12th region within three-month deadline

     
    The National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) rules out the decision of the House of Federation (HoF) to hold a referendum for the creation of Ethiopia’s 12th region.
     
    Justfying its decision, the Board, in a statement released today, cited its establishment proclamation and the constitution that gave it independence to make a decision on setting a timeline for election and referendum.
     
    “After assessing the security situation, setting up poll centers, recruiting election officers and giving a permit to civil society organizations, we will announce the timeline for the referendum,” said the Board.
     
    Chaired by Birtukan Midekssa, the Board released the statement just a week after it approved a resolution to hold a referendum for the creation of a new region in the southern part of Ethiopia.
     
    The approval came after the councils of six zones and five woredas that are currently under the Southern region filed a petition for the formation of a new region.
     
    Ethiopia is a federal state with 11 autonomous regions. The latest to join the federation is South West Region, which is created by five zones and one special woreda through referendum.
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