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Expression of will

Ahead of the most awaited preliminary result of the Sidama referendum to be released today by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE),and provided that the plebiscite goes their way, officials of the Sidama Zone anticipates joining the newly restructuring ruling party which isto be re-established as the Ethiopian Prosperity Party (EPP).

Voter registration for Sidama referendum surpasses expectation

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.

Sidama to decide on statehood

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.

Board downplays resistance to election law

Birtukan Midekesa, Chairwoman of the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), has downplayed the recent move made by a coalition of opposition political parties, which has rejected the recently ratified Election law of Ethiopia, The Reporter has learnt.

Officials suspended over recent violence in South

After deadly clashes were reported between security forces and the youth mainly in the Sidama Zone of the Southern Regional State, following what appears to be a targeted attack on different ethnic groups residing in the area and huge destruction to property, the regional ruling party— Southern Ethiopian People's Democratic Movement (SEPDM)—has suspended a number of officials from both the party and their current positions, The Reporter has learnt.

South prepares for Sidama referendum

After accepting a request by the Sidama Zonal Administration for self-administration and establishment of a separate regional state, the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples' Regional State and its Council are preparing to hold a referendum to determine the zonal administration’s demand.