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Ethiopian PM reiterates call to participate in elections

Addis Ababa, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged once again to participate in the next general elections, a few hours that the second period for voter registration is to conclude this Friday.

Citizens who are not yet registered, Ahmed said, should use the short time available to register in order to vote and thus contribute to the construction of our democracy.

The registration of people eligible to vote should have concluded on April 23, but until that date, just less than 20 million Ethiopians have registered in the electoral roll.

The health situation due to Covid-19 and instability in some regions obstructed the work done by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), which expects that about 50 million inhabitants go voting.

The general elections were due to take place in August 2020, but Parliament approved to postpone them until Covid-19 stopped threatening the nation.

Despite the increase in the spread of the disease, the legislative body reconsidered that decision in September and approved to hold elections in the current fiscal year.

Later, in December, it proposed to hold elections on June 5.

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