Negotiating parties fail to agree on name of Ethiopia’s electoral body

Addis Ababa, November 10, 2017 (FBC) -The 16 negotiating political parties have failed to agree on the name of Ethiopia’s electoral body.

In today’s meeting, they discussed in two proposals– continuing with the existing name, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), and change it to a Commission.

The ruling party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), suggested the existing name to continue.

Shiferaw Shigute, representative of the ruling party, recommended the discussion to focus on issues related to NEBE’s members, their appointments, authorization, responsibilities and office term.

The All Oromo People’s Democratic Party, All Ethiopian National Movement, the Gadaa System Advancement Party and Ethiopian Visionary Party (EVP) backed EPRDF’s proposal to continue the electoral body with the existing name.

On the other hand, the 11 political parties remained in their previous stand of changing the electoral body’s name to ‘National Electoral Commission’.

They suggested the Board to handle only policy issues and the Commission to focus on election and other related issues.

The ruling party for its part said there is no reason to change the name of the electoral body already existed in the constitution.

The parties agreed to meet next week.

Posted by Amare Asrat