Ethiopia electoral board requests US$129 million to conduct 2020 elections


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ADDIS ABABA, May 28, (Xinhua/GNA) – The
National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) announced on Monday it is
requesting 129 million U.S. dollars to conduct the national elections in 2020.

Speaking to journalists, Birtukan Mideksa,
Chairperson of NEBE, said the board has requested the Ethiopian parliament to
approve the amount it needs to conduct national elections in 2020.

Mideksa said NEBE has been undertaking
various efforts to make the 2020 national elections free and fair, including
amending NEBE’s legal provisions, institutional reforms and organizing political
parties’ forums.

Ethiopia is scheduled to hold parliamentary
and regional assemblies’ elections in May 2020, with the Ethiopian Prime
Minister Abiy Ahmed promising to make the elections free, fair and transparent.

The last parliamentary and regional
assemblies’ elections were held in May 2015.


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