The Electoral Commission of Ethiopia has announced the postponement of the country’s Presidential and Presidential elections scheduled for August 2020 over coronavirus outbreak.
“Because of issues related to the coronavirus, the board has decided it can’t conduct the election as planned. So it has decided to void that calendar and suspend all activities,” the poll body said in a statement on Tuesday”.
A new date would be set and announced “when the pandemic is over” according to the poll body.
A leading opposition politician, Jawar Mohammed told AFP news agency that a new calendar “cannot be done by the ruling party alone”.
So far, Ethiopia has recorded 25 coronavirus cases “and federal and regional officials have introduced a range of measures intended to curb its spread, including banning large gatherings and restricting travel”.