Monthly Archives: May 2005

The May 15, 2005, elections result for Tigray region

The May 15, 2005, Elections Official results from the 38 woredas of Tigray as published by the National Election Board NAME PARTY NUMBER OF VOTES % OF VOTES Abiyadi Ato Tilahun Tareke Wolde EPRDF (TPLF) 29249 99.45 % Ato Mebiratu Geytse HayiluUEDF 163 0.55 % Ato Kiros Kidanu Abera CUD 0 0.00 % Adi Gudem […]

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The May 15, 2005, elections results for Addis Ababa

The May 15, 2005 Elections Official results from the 23 woredas of Addis Ababa as published by the National Election Board Listed here are those who received 1% or more of the votes NAME PARTY NUMBER OF VOTES % OF VOTES Woreda 1/9 Ato Mesifin Mengsitu Dabulo CUD 34392 77.77 % Ato Dawit Yohans Afework […]

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CUD requests re-votes in 139 woredas of Ethiopia

The Coalition for Unity & Democracy requests revotes or recounts in the following 139 woredas due to gross election irregularities GOJAM 1. BITCHENA In contravention of electoral laws, six armed militia were stationed at every voting station before voting took place. These armed militia not only prevented observers from accessing the election station but also […]

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Ethiopian electoral board starts probing poll irregularities

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Ethiopia’s electoral board on Thursday said it had started probing allegations of irregularities in Sunday’s presidential vote, with rival parties continuing to claim victory. “Some political parties have submitted complaints on the election process. The board has commenced its first hearing of the complaints,” said Tesfaye Mengesha, deputy head of the […]

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Ethiopian ruling party scolded for victory claim

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – The European Union on Tuesday scolded Ethiopia’s ruling party and opposition for premature announcements of their success in the hotly contested weekend elections, but said the process has been relatively smooth. “The EU election observation mission thinks that these announcements are not proper and will continue to follow the counting and […]

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Opposition did well in Ethiopia poll

afrol News Sunday’s election in Ethiopia saw a large voter turnout, maybe up to 90 percent, according to the National Electoral Board. While obververs expect Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to win his third five-year term, the opposition claims to have made major gains, espacially in the capital. Ethiopians yesterday flocked to the country’s many polling […]

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Meles says will accept defeat if rejected by voters

ADWA, Ethiopia (AFP) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Sunday he would accept the verdict of his country’s 26 million voters even if he loses the hotly contested general election. An Ethiopian woman casts her vote at a polling station in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, May 15, 2005 during the third democratic elections in […]

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Ethiopians go to poll to elect federal, regional legislators

Ethiopians go to poll to elect federal, regional legislators ADDIS ABABA, May 15 (Xinhuanet) — Ethiopian voters went to poll on Sunday in the country’s two separate elections to elect representatives to the 547-seat House of People’s Representatives (HPR) and eight regional councils. Polling stations nationwide opened at 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) and will close […]

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Ethiopia: Massive turnout in general polls

ADDIS ABABA –– Ethiopians turned out in droves on Sunday to vote in hotly contested elections that are hoped to put the vast Horn of Africa nation known for grinding poverty and famine squarely on the path to democracy. Masses of voters lined up in a pre-dawn chill at more than 30,000 polling stations that […]

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Meles Zenawi bans demonstrations in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA, May 15 (AFP) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Sunday banned all demonstrations in Addis Ababa and its surrroundings for one month after elections the opposition claims were marred by widespread fraud. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi addresses supporters in Addis Ababa. (AFP). “As of tomorrow, for the next one month no […]

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Ethiopia prepares to vote amid claims of continued abuses

By Abraham Fisseha, Matthew Lee Agence France-Presse ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopians prepared Saturday to go to the polls in hotly contested weekend elections as the opposition and a human rights watchdog renewed allegations of ongoing government harassment. On the eve of Sunday’s vote, just the third since the ouster of Ethiopia’s communist “Derg” regime, the […]

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Arrests ahead of Ethiopian election

BBC – Election observers have been arrested across Ethiopia on the eve of Sunday’s poll, opposition members say. They told a gathering in the capital, Addis Ababa, that more than 100 monitors remained in police custody. One candidate is also being held. The Ethiopian Human Rights Council also rejected assessments that the election was largely […]

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Ethiopian Human Rights Group Criticizes International Assessment of Electoral Process

By Alisha Ryu, VOA ADDIS ABABA – Less than a day before Ethiopia holds its third parliamentary elections in 14 years, a domestic human rights group says it strongly disagrees with reports by European Union and American observers that say the electoral process has been mostly fair and transparent. Members of the Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian […]

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Arrests ahead of Ethiopian poll

Election observers have been arrested across Ethiopia on the eve of Sunday’s poll, opposition members say. They told a gathering in the capital, Addis Ababa, that more than 100 monitors remained in police custody. One candidate is also being held. The Ethiopian Human Rights Council also rejected assessments that the election was largely peaceful so […]

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Meles regime rejects HRW report

Addis Ababa – Ethiopia on Tuesday dismissed as “lies” a highly critical report from a leading human rights watchdog accusing the government of suppresing alternative voices and committing numerous abuses. “These are the same old stories, this report is a bunch of lies that is politically motivated,” information minister Berekat Simon said of the findings […]

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Democracy endowment’s Peterson tells Congress U.S. should press for change

By Jim Fisher-Thompson, Washington File Washington – It is hard to see democracy expanding throughout Africa if a populous nation like Ethiopia — a country of enormous political and strategic importance for the African continent — drifts toward “corrupt authoritarianism,” says Dave Peterson, Africa program director of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Peterson told […]

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Ethiopian elections key to advancing democracy in Africa

Source: United States Department of State Democracy endowment’s Peterson tells Congress U.S. should press for change By Jim Fisher-Thompson, Washington File Staff Writer Washington – It is hard to see democracy expanding throughout Africa if a populous nation like Ethiopia — a country of enormous political and strategic importance for the African continent — drifts […]

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Ethiopia Orders Re-Registrations of Voters After Fraud

The chairman of Ethiopia’s national election board says thousands of voters will be re-registered for upcoming parliamentary polls after the discovery of serious abuses. Kemal Bedri said Monday that officials will re-register voters in 15 polling stations in Ethiopia’s northeastern Afar region and in three stations in Sidama in the south. Mr. Bedri said the […]

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319 foreign observers to monitor Ethiopia’s national elections

ADDIS ABABA (Xinhuanet) — A total of 319 foreign observers will be deployed to various parts of Ethiopia to observe the upcoming May 15 national elections, the state-appointed National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) said Monday. NEBE Chairman Kemal Bedri told journalists that the observers are drawn from the African Union (AU), the European Union […]

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