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Ethiopia postpones voter registration for general elections, citing regional delays



Ethiopia’s agency to manage elections has announced the postponement of voter registration for the country’s sixth general elections this year, citing delayed support from regions as one of the major challenges.

In a statement, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia said the registration was re-scheduled to start on March 25 and last until April 23.

Previously, it had been slated to fall on March 1-25.

In regard to the reasons, the independent institution cited delays in opening constituency offices, lack of transportation for the distribution of election materials, and the “thorough and time-consuming” process of recruiting independent constituency officers, among others.

Ethiopia planned to hold its general elections in August 2020.

In June last year, its upper house of parliament approved a recommendation to postpone the elections over concerns for the coronavirus.

Later in December, the electoral board tentatively set June 5, 2021 as the date for the elections.  (Xinhua/NAN)


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