NEBE Pitches 541m Birr Budget to Hold Referendum in Southern Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The National Electoral Board has requested a 541.2 million birr budget to conduct a referendum on formation of a new state in Southern Ethiopia.

The budget bill was sent to the house of peoples representatives, the board said on Wednesday.

The House of Federation last month granted 6 zones and 5 special districts in the SNNP region a referendum on self-determination.

The house subsequently wrote a letter to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) requesting to conduct a referendum within 3 months.

The Board said it has prepared an action plan detailing tasks to hold the referendum, and sent to the parliament.

“The budget required to carry out each task in the referendum action plan has also been referred to the house,” the NEBE said.

The board put the total budget to conduct the referendum at 541.27 million birr.

The vote to create Ethiopia’s 13th state will be held in Gedeo, Wolaita, Gamo, Gofa, Konso, and South Omo zones as well as Burji, Amaro, Derashe, Basketo, and Ale special woredas.

The House of Federation passed the resolution to grant the referendum on a majority vote in its extraordinary session on August 18, 2022.

The resolution also decided for the remaining zones and special woredas in the region to stay as the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region.

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