Name of Electoral Body Causes Controversy among Negotiating Parties Featured

10 Nov 2017
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Addis Ababa October 10/2017 The national political parties that are taking part in the negotiation have failed to agree on the name of the national electoral board of Ethiopia (NEBE) body.

 The parties argued in two proposals – continuing with the existing name and change it to commission.

 The ruling party, EPRDF, argued the need to continue with the existing name as the name of the electoral body is already stated in the constitution.

 EPRDF said a viable justification is needed to make the change following constitutional procedures.

 It argued that there is no justification that make necessary to consider the inquired amendments to the constitution.

 Rather than wasting time on arguing on semantic issues, EPRDF suggested to discuss on procedures related to number of its members; how they should be appointed, and their mandate and responsibilities as well as office term if necessary.

 “The name shall not be changed from the constitution, which will take place under the right constitutional procedure, unless a proper and plausible reason is found” EPRDF stressed.

 A number of negotiating political parties including All Oromo People’s Democratic Party, YeEthiopia Raie Party, All Ethiopian National Movement and the Gadaa System Advancement Party have accepted EPRDF’s proposal.

 On the other hand, the 11 parties remained in their earlier stand of changing the electoral body’s name to ‘National Electoral Commission’ expressing fear that the board’s credibility could be in question.

 Unable to resolve their differences on the issue, the political parties agreed to come up with ideas to narrow the gaps that seem to be at a deadlock. They agreed to meet on November 14, 2017.


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