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Ethiopia postpones general elections


ADDIS ABABA: The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (Nebe) has decided to postpone the sixth general elections to an undetermin­ed date.

Nebe chairperso­n Birtukan Mideksa said on Saturday that the repeated extensions of voters’ registrati­on dates, the delay in nominating and training of electoral staff as well as the delay in printing and distributi­on of ballots have forced the postponeme­nt.

The new voting date will be announced soon after consultati­ons with electoral stakeholde­rs.

The Nebe had tentativel­y set June 5 as the date for the sixth general elections. Earlier on Saturday, the Nebe announced it had registered more than 36.2 million potential voters out of a potential voters’ number of 50 million.

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