Ethiopian Election Board Requests 3.7 Billion Birr Budget for Upcoming Elections
By Staff Reporter
May 27, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has submitted a 3.7 billion birr ($132 million) budget for approval to the House of People's Representatives. This budget is meant to prepare and conduct the upcoming Ethiopian elections to be held in May 2020 elections.
Briefing jornalists on Monday chairperson of the Board Birtukan Midekissa said the record high budget would be used to conduct "fair and credible elections" where, among other things, voting papers will have security identity numbers and photos of candidates.
According to the chairperson, the board is set to conduct credible elections and to realize this vision, it will set up ballot boxes made of glass in which voting papers can easily be seen to voters.
Unlike in the previous elections, two ballot boxes that meet international standards will be set up in each polling stations, she said
Birtukan said part of the money would go to recruit, train and deploy election executives.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his govenrment will introduce electronic election system in the May 2020 election. The election boss, however, did not comment about the electronic part.
According to the chairperson, the election board had submitted the request to the Budget and Finance Affairs Standing Committee of the parliament.
The board has so far facilitated 15 discussions among competing political parties.It registered 66 political parties while 64 others are fulfilling the necessary requirments to get the board's recognition and participate in the upcoming elections.
The budget request comes as leaders of different political parties call for the postponment of the upcoming elections due to concerns about peace and stability.
Recently, the Ethiopian parliament passed a law to restructure the electoral board in a manner that is independent from the influence of any organization, one that enables it to conduct free, fair, credible, and peaceful elections.