Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced a National Election Security Committee has been formed to ensure a peaceful and legitimate election.
Ethiopia is set to hold national elections in June.
The committee will be comprised of members of the federal police, the Attorney General, the National Intelligence and Security Service, the Ministry of Defence and regional representatives.
In a statement released on Friday, the prime minister said the committee is part of his effort to make up for “the failure of previous regime by building a robust democratic culture” in the country.
“Ethiopians are presented with an opportunity to transition the country into a new era of governance and prosperity befitting its long history…To this end, the Federal Government’s commitment to hold the first free, fair and peaceful elections have been founded on ongoing preparations to meet this goal”, the statement read.
6ኛው ብሔራዊ ምርጫን በተመለከት የተሰጠ ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) April 16, 2021
Prime Minister Ahmed says the committee will enact special measures to identify areas where there is a risk of conflict. The Federal Supreme Court has set up dedicated electoral dispute adjudication benches to deal with any election-related grievances.