By Staff Reporter
May 15, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Chairman of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) Debretsion Gebremichael announced that Tigray regional state will hold elections ahead of October 10, 2020.
“There is no force that can stop us from holding the election. If it happens, we will fight it along with the people of Tigray,” the Chairman said.
Debretsion said the Tigray regional state will hold the election along with all the necessary precautions to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“Using the right we are granted by the constitution, we will hold the election in our region and work hard to make the election process lawful. We expect the concerned body will extend us the necessary support,” Debretsion told the Tigray state television.
According to the chairman who is also deputy president of the Tigray regional state, the decision to hold the election in the region is constitutional and it follows the inability of the federal government to hold the general elections.
The issue is a matter of respecting the decision of the public and that of the constitution. Failing to hold an election is against citizens’ right to elect and be elected. Hence the election must be conducted, he added.
The chairman called for a discussion with concerned bodies if the general election at the federal level is postponed due to financial constraints.
It is to be recalled that the Ethiopian parliament approved a bill providing for postponement of the country’s general elections which was set for August 29, 2020, for an indefinite time due to coronavirus pandemic.
Debretsion’s announcement came after Political Parties and Civic Associations Head of the Prosperity Party Dr. Alemu Seme claimed he doubts if the statements released from Mekele were issued from healthy persons.
In an interview with Addis Zemen Amharic News Paper, Alemu said “those officials who are confined in Mekele insist on conducting the election as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose a serious threat against citizens well being.
“The Tigray officials do not care about the well-being of the public. They only care about their position and hence insist on holding the election,” Alemu claimed.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia has reported nine new cases of COVID-19, out of the 3,580 samples tested over the past 24 hours.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 272.
Of the new confirmed cases, five are from Addis Ababa and four from the Jigjiga quarantine facility in the Somali regional state.
All the confirmed cases are Ethiopian nationals aged between 17-66 years, according to the statement of the ministry of health.
Ethiopia has reported five deaths so far. As of today, the total test count stands at 45,278.
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