Political Parties Hold Consultative Meeting with NEBE

Addis Ababa The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) requested some of the incoming political parties today to swiftly fulfill requirements for the registration of political parties as provided by the Political Parties Registration Proclamation No. 573/2008.

NEBE and political parties coming from abroad have held consultative discussion aimed at acquainting the constitutional prerequisites for the registration of political parties.

NEBE Chairperson, Ambassador Samia Zekaria said the Board is undertaking reforms regarding building its capacity by introducing various automation facilities to build a modern electoral system.

Registered political parties that did not take part over the last two national general elections should be registered anew according to the proclamation, she added.

Moreover, unless further amendments are introduced the proclamation bans citizens of Ethiopian origin with foreign citizenship from forming a political party, it was indicated.

Participants of the consultative meeting appreciated some of the bold moves of the government but questioned the legitimacy of the ongoing reforms and called for tangible legal guarantee for their prompt implementation.

The participants requested the establishment of neutral and independent Board in which the political parties can actively participate.

Mentioning that the current Board is providing services only during the election time, the parties suggested the involvement of think-thanks to initiate a research center which would continuously produce professionals that can ascertain fair, free and democratic elections.

Oromo Liberation Front, All Amhara Peoples Organization, Tigray Democratic Coalition Party, and Afar Peoples Party are among the parties that took part in the meeting.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency