Ethiopia's electoral investigation well conducted: EU

The European Union said Friday the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has been well conducting the investigation of complaints on the country's parliamentary election under difficult circumstances.

Tim Clarke, head of the EU mission in Ethiopia, said in a press conference that Ethiopia's political parties should work closely within the context of the constitution.

Given the constraints in Ethiopia, the electoral board has done remarkable job in trying to bring the process to a satisfactory end, said Clarke.

Clarke said the international community would help try to identify how to address those problems in a way that gives satisfaction to opposition parties and the people voted for them if the oppositions are not happy with the results.

He said any thing, which attempts to turn the process, will cause even more anxiety and tension and potentially could lead to crisis.

Clarke said the international community strongly believes that the opposition parties should take up their seats in the parliament and work in a constructive way.

Each of the initially 26 complaint investigation panels (CIPs) was accompanied at least by one international observer either from the EU, the US-based Carter Center or the African Union, according to Clarke.

He said it is regrettable that there are some cases in which the international observers were not present due to limited numbers of international observers.

Clarke said the international observers would produce reports in due course whether the process is free and fair, adding that the allegations of the opposition parties would be addressed then and would be brought to the attention of the authority.

NEBE started the investigations after police shot dead at least 36 people during a protest against alleged electoral fraud.

On Tuesday, NEBE released official results for 128 federal parliament seats, bringing the total number of official results announced so far to 435.

Out of the 435 official results that have been declared for the House of People's Representatives, the ruling Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has won 241 seats.

The Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) and the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF), the country's two major opposition parties, were in second and third places with 108 seats and 51 seats respectively.

Ethiopians went to poll on May 15 in the country's two separate elections to elect representatives to the lower House of People's Representatives and eight regional councils. Elections for the 23 constituencies of the Somali regional state will take place on August 21.

Source: Xinhua

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