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ETHIOPIANS IN THREE REGIONS GO TO POLLS IN DELAYED VOTE OVER BALLOT AND SECURITY ISSUES

Ethiopians in three regions where elections had been delayed have headed to the polls to vote for their representatives, with one area also voting on whether to form its own regional state.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will form the next government regardless of the results from late voting Today.

Abiy Derby is under increasing international pressure over the war in the northern region of Tigray, where elections did not take place.

Conflict broke out in November 2020, pitting federal and allied regional forces against forces aligned with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which clawed back control of Tigray after months of bloody battles in June.

Abiy Ahmed is due to form his new government on October 4
As Ethiopians in three regions where elections had been delayed have headed to the polls to vote for their representatives, with one area also voting on whether to form its own regional state.

Abiy Ahmed will form the next government regardless of the results from late voting Today as his party already won 410 of the 436 parliamentary seats that were contested in the June vote.

Today’s vote will take place in the Somali region, where registration irregularities delayed voting, and Harar, where registration issues and a legal dispute caused delays.

The other region going to the polls is the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), where ballot and security issues delayed polls.

Voters will also decide on 108 regional council seats today.

Ethiopia’s 1995 constitution enshrines the concept of ethnic federalism, which allows ethnic groups to seek autonomy. Such votes have only been allowed since Abiy came into office in 2018.

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