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Ethiopian Elections in Somali Region Postponed

Addis Ababa (SD)- A statement from the Ethiopian Electoral Commission (NEBE) said that some regions, including the Somali region, have been postponed.

The chairwoman of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) Birtukan Mideksa, said that Harar and Somali regions would cast their vote in September.

The reason for the postponement of the elections in the Somali region was said to be irregularities in the voting process, adding they’re working hard to correct that.

In the Somali regional state, the NEBE was originally planning to postpone the polls in a few places, but now the entire constituency has been postponed.

“For some constituencies the election will be done in a second round on September 6,” Birtukan Mideksa told reporters in the capital Addis Ababa.

Local opposition parties have blamed the ruling Barwaqo party for the postponement.

Ethiopia, with a population of 109 million, has 37.4 million registered voters and will hold parliamentary and local elections in two weeks.

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