Voters’ Registration for Referendum in SNNP Region Begins

ADDIS ABABA – The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has begun voters’ registration for a referendum that decides on the formation of the nation’s 12th federal region.

The NEBE’s voting calendar sets aside two weeks, starting Dec 20 for voters’ registration in the referendum on self-determination in 6 zones and 5 special districts. These areas are currently under the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR) administration.

The board says a total of 11,429 independent executive personnel have been deployed in 31 coordination centers and 3, 752 polling stations set up for the referendum.

“Voters’ registration has begun in 3, 706 stations as per the schedule on Tuesday,” says the electoral board today.

The remaining 46 stations are yet to start registering due to a delay in registration forms and other related equipment.

They will begin registering voters as soon as they receive them, the NEBE said.

The board also plans to establish additional 7 special polling stations in IDP centers to enable displaced people to vote in the referendum.

Africa’s second most populous nation has a federal system with 11 regions. The upcoming referendum will decide on forming a new federal region.

The voting date is slated for February 6, 2023 in the referendum taking place in six zones – Gamo, Gofa, Wolayta, Gedio, Konso, and South Omo, and five special districts – Burji, Amaro, Derashe, Basketo, and Alle.

According to NEBE’s calendar, preliminary results will be revealed at the polling stations for five consecutive days starting from Feb 7, 2023.

The board will announce the final result of the referendum on February 15, as per its calendar.

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