Parties Negotiate on Mixed Electoral System Featured

17 Oct 2017
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Addis Ababa October 17/2017 The ruling party EPRDF has proposed a mixed electoral system in which 10 percent proportional representation and 90 percent first-past-the-post would be combined.

In the negotiation on the electoral law national political parties took part today, the representative of EPRDF said the proposed electoral system fits the socio-economic conditions of the country.

Furthermore, the ruling party said the mixed electoral system would help represent those parties that do not qualify for the first-past-the-post system.

On the other hand, the 11 opposition parties that negotiate as one group proposed the percentage to be 50/50 and that a government be formed on getting two third of the votes instead of 50 plus one.

They rejected the idea of the ruling party by arguing that its proposal might add a few seats but would not contribute to democratization, widening of political space and multi-party system.

As regards the implementation of the proposed mixed electoral system, some of the negotiating political parties requested in-depth training on the issues and EPRDF welcomed it.

Meanwhile, among the parties negotiating separately All Oromo People's Democratic Party accepted the proposed system, while YeEthiopia Raie Party, Gadaa System Advancement Party, and All Ethiopia National Movement totally rejected it.

Unable to reach an agreement on the proposed issues, the political parties agreed to thoroughly discuss the matter with their respective bodies and come up with ideas to close the gap.

Accordingly, the parties agreed to meet on October 21, 2017.

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