Jun 18, 2021

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Supreme Court sustains the right of Hararis outside the region to vote for Harari National Assembly members

– The Federal Court of Justice rejected a recent decision by the National Electoral Committee of Ethiopia (NEBE) to prohibit Hararis who live outside the Harari regional state from electing members of the National Assembly, a practice that the Harari community has in recent years five years has enjoyed elections.

In its decision today, the Supreme Court upheld the Harari National Assembly’s request to contest the NEBE’s decision to ban voting.

The Harari regional legislature is formed
of two chambers: the first, the Harari National Assembly (HNA), is one
14-member council consisting of Hararis, elected by Hararis; and the
Second, the Harari Peoples Representative Assembly (HPRA) is a 22-member member
Council open to everyone. “The powers of the HNA are limited to topics
associated with protecting the identity of Hararis in areas of
Language, culture and history. It should be noted that voting rights for
Hararis who live outside the Harari region are only expanded
the HNA, “said the Harari Council of Ontario in protest against the
Election Committee decision.

NEBE said it had decided against voting because the Constitution does not require an ethnic minority to elect regional representatives who live outside their regions, at the level of their results. The board added that it could not find a decree in the constitution providing an exception for the Harari people to conduct the practice. However, the Board argued that allowing Harari people to practice this practice but denying it to other ethnic minorities would cast doubt on their fairness and impartiality. The Board questioned the authenticity of documents supporting a 1995 decision by the HoPR to allow the Harari community to elect their representatives while living outside the region.

Mohiuddin Ahmed, spokesman for the Harari National Congress, argued that the NEBE’s decision against a decision by the HoPR during the interim government of 1995 violated Article 50 of the Harari Regional State Constitution, which allows members of the Harari National Congress to be separated from members of the Harari Regional State. To choose communities that live in and outside the region.

At the Superme Court, the Board argued that the decision should be made by the House of Federation (HoF), not the Court. However, the court ruled in favor of the Harari National Assembly.