In the past three years, one of the key areas of institutional reform has focused on ensuring that the National Electoral Board operates independently and is equipped with capable leadership, free of political affiliations. This has been one of our key national successes.
In our follow up meeting with Regional leadership and NEBE Chair today, we deferred to the rational provided by the electoral board for short delay, despite our interest and readiness as a government to proceed with the originally scheduled dates.
The government remains committed to support NEBE in the coming short weeks to undertake the anticipated 6th national elections, which contrary to speculations have shown a great number of voter registration.
I would like to assure all Ethiopians that we will do our very best to hold a better, free and fair election than previous years, setting the foundation for future elections.