On Monday, this country suffering from multiple crises is holding legislative elections, and voters flocked to the capital Addis Ababa.
Critics of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed predicted that these legislative elections would abstain from voting to set a record. The election date was postponed twice and then set for Monday, June 21. But the Election Commission announced public holidays to allow voters to go to polling stations. In the capital Addis Ababa, a long line formed in front of the polling station at dawn.
« Citizens finally understand that they can vote freely »Assure Mesfin, the taxi driver who patiently waits for his turn. This supporter of Abi Ahmed used the Prime Minister’s welcome” The nation’s first attempt to hold free and fair elections The head of government, the first candidate, is one way to stand out from the coalition that ruled Ethiopia before 2018, namely the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). It has been in power for a quarter of a century, and it is governed by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front. (FLPT) led, the Ethiopian Federal Army is fighting the front today.
The two most recent elections in 2010 and 2015 were characterized by irregularities and intimidation. The EPRDF alliance won 100% of parliamentary seats. ” In the past, the results did not reflect the people’s thinking at all », insist on Meseret Bekala, only minutes away from putting his ballot in the ballot box. This is the third election in which residents of the capital have participated. ” But today, we expect much better.Our country is on the right track and we are lucky to have a good leader “,He is very happy.
In Addis Ababa, many voters are novices. Elias is a federal policeman. ” Disillusionment Under the previous regime, even though he was thirty years old, he never voted. A little lost, he allowed himself to be guided by an election agent. “He explained to me that you have to vote twice, once for the national vote and the second time for district administration.. Like him, several people asked for a quick upgrade at the door of the office.
But the excitement and participation of the capital is only part of Ethiopia’s story of plagued by multiple crises. Although there is a long queue in the center of Addis Ababa, the number of voters in the country is almost the same as in 2015. More than 37 million voters are registered on the electoral roll instead of the 50 million that the Election Commission hopes.