MEDREK to appeal new poll rejection

June 12, 2010

“We have come to a decision, we are going to the supreme court on Monday to fight against the unjust decision of the National Electoral Board,” vice chairman Merara Gudina told AFP.

“We have identified the several pitfalls but our evidences were met by total dismissal,” he added.

Merara had previously accused the body of bias saying their rejection “shows their full implication”.

Three other parties have also rejected the results and called for new polls over similar complaints.

An expert told AFP Medrek’s appeal is “likely to be a long and drawn-out process that will end up in their defeat”.

Provisional results from the vote saw longstanding Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front win 499 seats, in results from 536 constituencies.

The vast Horn of Africa nation has a 547-seat lower house and final results are to be released on June 21.

Meles, who has led Ethiopia since 1991, had been widely expected to win in the face of a weak opposition and after months of what rights groups described as shrinking political freedoms.

Both the European Union observer mission and the United States have said the polls did not meet international standards.


6 comments on “MEDREK to appeal new poll rejection

  1. They have to pray to God the court decides in their favour. If the court decides for them, it will be a victory for both EPRDF and MEDREK. On the one hand EPRDF can show the world how free and independent the court is. On the other hand MEDREK can tell its supporters that they tried and achieved something.

  2. I am not sure if it is in everybody’s interest at MEDREK to go to court. But for sure the insistence of DR Beyene and Dr Merara must have played a role. The two doctors can’t afford to miss the parliament. Of course it is clear from his reaction that Ato Temesgen also is extermely angry for losing his seat.

  3. ከፈረሱ ጋሪው ይቅደም ካላልን በስተቀር ኢዴፓዎቹ እንዳሉት ተቃዋሚዎች መጀመሪያ አንድ ላይ ሆነው መስተካከል ያለባቸውን ነገሮች ለምሳሌ ነጻ የምርጫ ቦርድ፣ የሜዲያ አጠቃቀም፣ የፖለቲካ ተቋማት ኢህአዴግንም ሆነ ተቃዋሚውን በእኩልነት ማገልገል የመሳሰሉትን ነገሮች እንዲስተካከሉ ለማድረግ ቢጥሩ ጥሩ ነበር፡፡

  4. As always it just for the consumption of the diaspora.
    Medrek leaders knows CLEARLY the result of NEB decsion and the court too. Even if the electorial board or the court decides re-run,What achievements they expect from the same institution and woyane cadres.It is Meaning less. how long they are going to pretending ?


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