Ethiopia to adopt to electronic voting system in next elections

Hiiraan Xog, Ethiopia is considering a fully electronic voting process in the next elections to replace its current system.

The country which is undergoing a political transformation for the first time is planning to adopt an electronic electoral system to carry out a free and fair election in 2020.

FBC reported that National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) plans to launch tests to apply Biometric Voters’ Registration System (BVRS) ahead of the elections.

According to the spokesperson of the poll agency Tesfalem Abay, the plan was part of fundamental reform measures implemented by the Electoral Commission.

“We will try to apply Biometric Voters’ Registration System (BVRS) that can help increase voters’ trust and create transparency during the election process,” he said. “The agency will try to conclude training for its staff and complete the requirement for the process before the elections.”

Recently, Ethiopia’s Election Board held consultative discussions with political parties for free, fair and democratic election by the end of next year, he noted.

The government has established a committee consists of higher officials and representatives from political parties, Tesfalem added.

Ethiopia’s last Parliamentary elections were held in 2015 to elect officials to the House of Peoples’ Representatives.

Regional Assembly elections were also held on the same date.

The result was a victory for the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which won 500 of the 547 seats.



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