Ethiopia establishes national committee to oversee upcoming June election

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - OCTOBER 19: Ethiopian army attends a ceremony to celebrate the 8th Ethiopian National Flag Day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on October 19, 2015. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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.

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.


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