Tigray Region Will Not Hold Elections Separately: TPLF Officials

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-will-not-hold-elections-separatelyMay 9, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- An executive committee member of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) said Tigray state will not hold elections separately from the rest of Ethiopia.

“We will not make irresponsible and crazy decision to conduct elections at regional level amid coronavirus infections and political crisis the country has faced with,” the executive committee member told local media on condition of anonymity.

Last week, TPLF in a resolution said it is preparing to hold the election next August against the decision passed by the federal parliament to postpone the general elections due to coronavirus pandemic.

According to the executive member, the information being disseminated that TPLF is preparing to hold the election is baseless rather aimed at blemishing TPLF and the people of Tigray.

“We never bargain over the rights of peoples to self-administration which the people of Tigray along with other peoples of Ethiopia had fought for. Hence, we defend the Ethiopian constitution more than anyone else,” the executive committee member was quoted as saying.

The executive committee member claimed, however, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is becoming more and more dictator in violation of the constitution and that needs to be rectified.

In a recent interview with Tigray Mass Media Agency, Getachew Reda who is also an executive committee member of TPLF said: “nothing can stop TPLF from holding the election in Tigray region and the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has no role on the fairness of the election except dispatching election materials.”

Getachew said neither TPLF nor the regional government decided to hold the election in Tigray state. The misinformation was disseminated by a political group in Addis Ababa which has vowed to take a measure.

The flawed information was part of a campaign to isolate the people of Tigray from other peoples of Ethiopia and blemish the TPLF.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia has reported 16 new cases, two recoveries, and one more death due to coronavirus infection until mid-Saturday.

Out of the 2,383 samples taken over in 24 hours, 16 people were tested positive for the virus, said the Ethiopia Ministry of Health in a statement.

All the confirmed cases are Ethiopian nationals aged between 20-60 years, it said.

Two of the confirmed cases have a travel history abroad, while the other cases had contact with previously confirmed cases, it added.

A 65-year-old man from Addis Ababa has died from the virus, taking the death toll due to the coronavirus in the country to five, the statement noted.

Two patients have recovered from the virus in 24 hours bringing the total number of recoveries to 97.

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