Eastern Africa Standby Force to deploy observers for Ethiopian general elections

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The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) announced on Friday the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) will deploy observers for Ethiopia’s sixth general elections.

Speaking to journalists, Solyana Shimelis, NEBE Spokeswoman, said East Africa’s regional backup force will be the latest entity to deploy observers to monitor Ethiopia’s sixth general elections which will be held on Monday.

Shimelis also said in addition to the EASF, the African Union (AU), the National Democratic Institute (NDI) of the U.S., the International Republican Institute of the U.S. (IRI) and the Japanese embassy in Addis Ababa have deployed election monitors.

On Monday, NEBE disclosed it has given badges to more than 45,000 local poll observers.

More than 8,200 candidates have registered for the upcoming sixth national general elections, the NEBE has previously disclosed.

Under Ethiopia’s parliamentary government system, the Prime Minister who is the highest authority of the land is selected from the party that wins the most seats at federal parliament level and will be sworn in after parliamentary vote. Enditem

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