Ethiopia: Elections V (Election rerun denial and African Union Observations)

The Associat. Press posted   Ethiopia Opposition Calls For Election Rerun yesterday.

I’d like to read it with you pointing out the important conclusions.

(…) An Ethiopian opposition leader called Wednesday for a rerun of the weekend election, charging that the vote was flawed by intimidation and irregularities, as America and the European Union expressed concern over its fairness. Prospective parliamentarian Hailu Shawel said he believes Sunday’s vote was controlled by the ruling party and has written a letter to the electoral board asking for a rerun. Over recent days, he has claimed that opposition observers were turned away and that voters and candidates were intimidated. Other members of his party have questioned the privacy of the vote. (…)

(…) The latest preliminary results from the election board show a landslide victory for the party of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who has ruled since seizing power in a 1991 coup. Ethiopian election officials said they witnessed no irregularities, and government spokesman Bereket Simon said the election was free and fair. (…)

Please view here the Preliminary statement of the African Union Election observers on Daniel Berhanes Blog

about the “Campaigning” the AU Elect. Observ. honestly states:

they were unable to observe the campaigning.

They alleged that they had not been accorded equitable (media and physical) space and freedom they needed to campaign. However the AU had no way of verifying the allegations.

and come to the “Conclusion” that:

1. The overwhelming voter turnout indicated outstanding mobilization and sensitisation by the NEBE, political organizations and other stakeholders

2. Conditions existed for voters to freely express their will.

3. The Ethiopian Legislative Elections were organised and conducted in accordance with the constitutional and legal provisions and the rules and regulations governing the conduct of elections in the country and were largely consistent with AU guidelines and standards for the conduct of democratic elections.

It is recognized that 2010 Ethiopia’s Legislative Elections reflected the will of the people. The AU Observer Mission congratulates the people of Ethiopia for their peaceful conduct and active participation in the electoral process.

more to the Associat. Press article:

– (…) But EU observers said Tuesday they found that the poll was marred by an uneven playing field that favored the ruling party. Since the last violent elections in 2005, some critics say the government has systematically stifled the competition.

U.S. National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer said late Tuesday that U.S. Embassy officials were denied accreditation and the opportunity to travel outside of the capital to observe the voting. “The limitation of independent observation and the harassment of independent media representatives are deeply troubling,” Hammer said in a statement.(…)

This, even thought the A.U. explained in their observations clearly that they have not been able to accord equitable freedom to independent media.

(…) U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said voters were told they could lose food assistance, public-sector jobs, loans and educational opportunities if they voted against the ruling party.

Why would the A.U. say that the Conditions existed for the voters to freely express their will, then?Why lie about that?

I think the most important point here is that : THE WERE MORE VOTER TURNOUT than expected. Intimidated people tend to let go or revolt.

Please consult here he provisional results of the National Election Board of Ethiopia on Daniel Berhanes Blog !

(…) Ethiopia is frequently criticized for its human rights record, including by the U.S. State Department, which in a March report cited reports of “unlawful killings, torture, beating, abuse and mistreatment of detainees and opposition supporters by security forces, often acting with evident impunity…Still, the U.S. considers Ethiopia an ally and provides foreign aid(…)

I guess “Starbucks” could tell us why….

(…)Both countries want to curb Islamist extremism in Somalia, Ethiopia’s unstable neighbor to the east(…).

…. no comments!

The article does not say what the situation is now. No further informations are given whether the EU claims a rerun or not. But its clear that the results of the Elections are set and Meles Zenawi party won thanks to a “more or less” fairly process.

—- researched and commented 4u by mwoogie with big *thanx* to Daniel Berhane’s Blog—-

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