Friday, May 28, 2010

European Union issues preliminary report on Ethiopian elections

On May 25, the European Union Election Observation Mission published its preliminary report on Ethiopia's elections. You can access the full report here (PDF).

One of the key conclusions follows:
The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia administered the electoral process in an efficient and competent manner, but failed to dispel opposition parties' lack of trust in its independence. While several positive improvements have been introduced, the electoral process fell short of certain international commitments, notably regarding transparency of the process and the lack of a level playing field for all contesting parties.

1 comment:

  1. Meles's regime makes law to convince the European and USA. Practically the law has no meaning for ordinary citezens. Ethiopia has a long history of oppression and it would take considerable time to understand what constituete basic right of human beings. In this country people want to live as they want to live thousands years ago. For example, slavery is considered as natural. And people with dark skin and contineously referred as 'slave'. Most of the people want to keep the status quo even if it is oppressive and infringes other people's rights.

    I used to work in the ethiopia as a judge I found it very hard to convince people to understand the basic rights of other people. In ethiopia, an individual, such as Like Meles Zenawi, could be in no position to change a course of action even if he wants to do so. That means, Meles's would not risk to hand power to the opposition that would return the country to the position it were two decades ago. That would be a waste of time for both Meles Zenawi and His party to sacrificied that whole years and effort in building a stable and prosperous country.