3.5 million Voters register in just three days in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa: January 12, 2015 (FBC) – Since registration of voters for the upcoming May general election officially commenced last Friday, a reported 3.5 million people have registered in just three days.

Across the nation, some one million people registered on the first day of registration, according to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).

Deputy Chairperson of NEBE Addisu Gebrehiwot (Ph.D.) told fanabc.com that latest figures show that 3.5 million voters have registered to cast in the upcoming ballot. The number of voters who registered on the first day exceeded all expectations, he added.

Some voters’ registration stations had to access their stocks in issuing cards to prospective voters.

The high turnout in the registration is indicative of the public’s readiness to exercise its democratic right of voting, said Gebrehiwot and called on all eligible citizens to register in the stated time frame.

All 45,000 voters’ registration stations will provide registration services until February 19, 2015.