Monthly Archives: March 2005

US Disappointed by Ethiopian Expulsion of American Democracy Workers

By David Gollust, VOA The State Department said Thursday the United States is very disappointed over the Ethiopian government’s announced expulsion of three U.S. non-governmental democracy groups. They had been helping prepare the African country for elections in May. The State Department says it has lodged a direct complaint with the Ethiopian government over its […]

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Ethiopian political parties discuss a code of conduct

ADDIS ABABA (Ethiopian Reporter) — Political parties started discussion on the draft code of conduct prepared by the National Electoral Board (NEB) yesterday and decided to continue the discussion on the coming Tuesday. The draft code of conduct contains major articles of immunities of candidates, purpose of campaigning activities, period of campaign activities, freedom of […]

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EU Election Observation Mission to Ethiopia Deployed

Source : Commission Européenne ( The European Commission has deployed an EU Election Observation Mission for federal and state parliamentary elections in Ethiopia. The Mission will be led by Ms Ana Gomes, Member of the European Parliament, who will travel to Addis Ababa this week to meet relevant stakeholders in the electoral process. Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner […]

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Ethiopia ponders setting up polling stations at colleges

ADDIS ABABA (Xinhuanet) — The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) said Wednesday that it would study possibilities of setting up polling stations at higher learning institutions across the nation to enable students vote in the upcoming general elections. NEBE said in a statement that Chairman of the Board Kemal Bedriand representatives of students of […]

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Stumbling Blocks and a Move to Help Ethiopia’s Young Democracy

By Nora Boustany, The Washington Post As democratic currents flow through the nearby Middle East, Ethiopia is trying to overcome its own hurdles as a nascent democracy. Government-backed killings of opposition party members, as well as officially sanctioned detentions, disappearances and attacks, have marred the run-up to national legislative elections in May and have compromised […]

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