Postponement of Ethiopia general elections due to COVID-19 outbreak

Understanding the limitations posited by the COVID-19 outbreak, the general elections has been postponed in Ethiopia which was earlier scheduled to take place in the month of August. The news has been confirmed by the national election board on March 31.

The decision of the national election board has been welcomed by both the government and opposition camps. The Ethiopia election is the first major election being postponed in Africa due to the pandemic.

Burundi and Tanzania are some of the African countries that awaits Presidential elections in 2020.

Both the government and opposition camps have expressed support for the election board’s decision. With the government’s mandate expiring in a few months, lawmakers are expected to vote to extend it.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has brought several political reforms since he took office in April 2018, and has assured the citizens of Ethiopia of a free and fair election. The appointment of a former opposition figure to lead the national election board showcases his commitments. For the socio-political reforms brought by him in Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019.

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