Addis Ababa, June 26, 2021 – Five opposition parties that took part in the elections on Monday complained about the electoral process in various newspapers in the country. Ethiopian Social Democratic Party, Balderas for Genuine Democracy, National Movement of Amhara (NAMA), Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice (Ezema) and Afar People’s Party accused the ruling Prosperity Party (PP) of meddling in the process.
Ethiopian Social Democratic Party called for the elections to be repeated in the Region of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNPR). The party leader, Professor Beyene Petros, complained that the poll in the SNNPR, in which the party was a key candidate, was fraught with challenges. According to him, the leaders of the National Electoral Committee (NEBE) and the security forces worked in favor of the ruling party, a claim refuted by the head of the SNNPR wing of the PP.
Balderas for Real Democracy and the National Movement of Amhara (NAMA) expressed their dissatisfaction with the election. Baldearas recalled that it chose to participate in the elections knowing that the elections would not meet minimum international standards and that the results would not be much different. NAMA also stated that it went to the polls with the belief that the elections will be “relatively free”. Balderas accused the ruling party of intimidating the residents of Addis Ababa by marching heavily armed security forces through the city in the days leading up to the elections. After listing his observations on election day, Balderas concluded: “The election was not free, fair and democratic.” Citing interference by the ruling party during the elections in the Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR regions, NAMA said: “The elections are on people’s hopes for democracy clouded. ”
Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice (Ezema) also reflected these views of the other opposition parties that took part in the election. “Although the results are not yet to be announced, the June 20th elections were full of challenges,” the party said in a statement. The party also warned against going to court if the NEBE does not consider the submitted complaints.
The Afar People’s Party, an opposition party that was running for seats on the regional council, and the People’s House of Representatives (HoPR ). “We completely oppose the entire electoral process and the way it was controlled.” The party announced the day after the election. The party promised to disclose the details to the public and the international community, but insisted that the elections “were not fair”.