Some 33 mln voters expected to register for upcoming general elections: (NEBE)

Addis Ababa, 29 December 2014 (WIC) – Some 33 million voters are expected to be registered for the upcoming general elections to be held in May, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) said.

Board Public Relations Director, Demisew Benti, told WIC the stated number of voters is expected to be registered during the voters’ registration to be conducted from January 9-February 19/20015.

He said all the necessary preparations have been made for the registration, including distribution of registration records and other related election materials.

According to Demisew, polling stations will officially resume works beginning from January 8, 2015.

He said NEBE is providing awareness raising training to youth, women, teachers, heads of civic society, journalists and other stakeholders so that they would contribute their share for the elections.

According to a report released by International Democratic Election Agent (IDEA) recently, over 29 million out of the 31 million people registered to vote in the 2010 Ethiopia’s general had cast their votes, he said.

The data proves that 93.4 per cent of the voters had cast their ballot, showing a high turnout compared to Africa’s average turnout at 67.3 per cent, he said.