Oct 21, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Ethiopia gets eleventh state with more than 96% approval for South West referendum

– The National Electoral Committee of Ethiopia (NEBE) today announced the results of the referendum in the southwest, which shows that the majority of voters voted in favor of the formation of the new regional state, the Kaffa includes, Sheka, Bench Sheko, Dawuro and West Omo Zones, as well as Konta Special District.

At a press conference this afternoon, Vice Chairman Woubshet Ayele said 93.9 percent of registered voters cast their votes. According to his information, a total of 1,344,622 people were registered to vote, of which 1,262,679 took part in the elections. The majority of voters, 1,221,092 people, voted for the formation of the new regional state, where the results will be presented to the House of Federations, Wubshet said.

The southwest referendum, which had been postponed twice, finally took place in September
30. 2021, where the councils of Kaffa, Sheka, Bench Sheko, Dawuro and
West Omo Zones, as well as Konta Special District decided that
Southwest regional state separated from the southern states,
Nationalities and People’s Regional State (SNNPR) where they are located
is currently being managed.

June the NEBE decided to hold the referendum and the 6.
Bundestag election after finding a deficiency
in ballot papers and also due to security issues. June 4th, two weeks before
the referendum was supposed to take place at six o’clock
Security forces were killed and dozens of civilians were evicted from Guraferda Woreda in the Bench Sheko Zone, one of the areas where the
Referendum was held.

There was no postponement
welcomed by the Organizing Committee of the South West Regional State Referendum
where the executive members of the organizing committee of the referendum
held an emergency meeting in Addis Ababa and concluded that the
The Board’s decision did not take into account the situation on

The House of Federations unanimously approved five zone administrations
and a special district in the SNNPR to have its own regional
State last October. The new regional state will be the 11th
Regional state join the federation.