Ethiopian opposition: Electoral body blocks party registration

2015-01-10 08:10
<a href="">Shuttertstock</a>


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's sole opposition member of parliament said on Friday the country's electoral board had turned down all four election logos his party had submitted, preventing it from registering for the May election.

Girma Seifu said his Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) and the board had been haggling over the logo for months.

"From the very beginning, [government] activities have not been free and fair," Girma said.

"They do not want us to participate. It is a tactic."

Girma said, however, that the UDJ would not boycott the poll.

No electoral board or government spokesperson was immediately available to comment.

The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, a coalition of four regional parties, has been in power since toppling military dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991.

Dissidents and rights groups say the government routinely cracks down on activists and journalists. The government denies this.

Opposition candidates won an unprecedented 174 out of 547 parliamentary seats in a 2005 election but many did not take them up, saying the vote was rigged, and the violence which followed that poll killed 200 people.

The opposition performed far less well in the 2010 election.

Authorities began registering voters on Friday.

Read more on:    ethiopia  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.