The Executive Committee (EC) of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is expected to convene today to discuss over the issue of creating a single unified party and pass a lasting solution which in turn will decide on the fate of the Front, The Reporter has learnt.
The registration of voters to take part in the Sidama referendum, which kicked off on Thursday, November 2, 2019 and ends today, has exceeded expectations from the earlier estimated number, Desta Ledamo, Administrator of Sidama Zone, Southern Regional State, told The Reporter.
The Ethiopian National Movement (ENM) – one of the opposition parties in the country, which applied for the registration to be a legally recognized party by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) – has finally acquired its registration license earlier this week.
The registration of voters for the Sidama referendum started on Thursday November 2, 2019. According to multiple sources from the area, the process is being conducted peacefully and that there were no threats except on a polling station around Hawassa in a place called Bilate on the first day of voter registration.
The Ethiopian National Movement (ENM) has called for the establishment of a transitional government that incorporates all political stakeholders of the country, to protect the security of fellow citizens, to ensure the continuation of the nation and for the realization of democratic political system at this critical point in time.
The Ethiopian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) has expressed its concerns over the ongoing activities of different politicians and activists undermining the longstanding culture of the country, of living together harmoniously. Moreover, the silence of the government, regarding the matter, is also worrisome; the party lamented.
The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has downplayed the recent strongly-worded statement issued by the Tigray People Revolutionary Liberation Front (TPLF), one of its member parties, in relation to the ongoing efforts to create a unified party structure; the statement by TPLF violates the discipline and the working procedures of the front, the council lamented.
Seventy Ethiopian political parties from the oppositions camp, which formed an alliance two months ago to counter the new Ethiopian Electoral and Political Parties Proclamation, have indicated that they are planning to stage a two-day hunger strike in their fight against the recently endorsed proclamation which will govern the activities of political parties and election related issues in the country.
Political parties currently operating in the Oromia Regional State have signed an agreement of cooperation which will allow them to work together in various areas including political activities in the region and beyond.