Condemn the undemocratic election in Ethiopia and call for a re-run sign now

Condemn undemocratic election in Ethiopia and call for a re-run in an even playing field!
Democratic governance is quintessential for sustained economic growth and development, as well as the welfare of the society. Democratic election is, thus, one of the ingredients for building democratic system in a given country. Ethiopia had held its fourth elections to the House of People's Representatives and State Councils on Sunday 23 May 2010. Regrettably, the vote was riddled with fraud and turned out to be short of international standards, according to the EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) Ethiopia 2010 preliminary report. The salient features of this undemocratic election were: (1) failure of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) to function as an independent body; (2) sustained harassment and intimidation of opposition candidates and supporters (physical abuses, killing opposition candidates, arbitrary detention and arresting of opposition candidates and supporters, above all putting behind bars for life the leader of Unity for Democracy and Justice Party leader, Judge Birtukan Midekssa); (3) obstruction of opposition campaign activities (such as blocking opposition meetings, public gatherings, destroying campaign materials), (4) threatening voters for not voting for oppositions, otherwise will face a serious reprisal afterwards; (5) unprecedented restriction of independent election observers, particularly staff members of foreign embassies; (6) widespread irregularities and inconsistencies in the voting and counting processes (notably chasing out election observers for the opposition from polling stations in many parties of the country); (7) violation of human rights, particularly the right to freedom of information by limiting the outreach of print and broadcast media around the country (such as jamming of the Voice of America Amharic Service during the last few weeks of the campaign and Deutsche Welle's Amharic radio broadcasts during the last hours of the election, as well as cracking down independent domestic press); and (8) uneven playing field for all contenders, as a result of excessive use of state resources for campaigning by the incumbent regime.
All these repressive measures tantamount to clear violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 21 1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives; (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country; (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures. The measures taken by the incumbent even violate its constitutional order: article 29 on right of thought, opinion and expression, article 30 on the right of assembly, demonstration and petition, and article 38 on the right to vote and to be elected. Even after the election, the people are seized under terrible state of terror, with extra-judiciary killings and round-ups of opposition supporters. The landslide victory (99.63\%) claimed by the incumbent is totally unexpected in free and fair election, and unparallel to the election outcomes of countries under authoritarian regime in Africa. For instance, the elections in Sudan (2010), Rwanda (2008) and Uganda (2006) concluded with 68.2\%, 78.76\% and 64.2\%, respectively in favour of the incumbents. Obviously, the outcome of Ethiopias 2010 election clearly shows that the country is sliding into a de facto one-party system and seems a goodbye kiss to the dreams and aspirations of multi-party system and emergence of democracy in Ethiopia.
We, Ethiopians in Diaspora, are deeply concerned about the future of the country and our people. Ethiopia is a strategically important country in the Horn of Africa and a key ally in the fight against terrorism. Internal stability, peace and democracy are essential for Ethiopia to continue as strong state and a pre-requisite for sustained partner in the global anti-terror campaign. We, therefore, cordially appeal to your high and respected offices to strongly condemn and reject the outcomes of Ethiopias undemocratic election, and call up on the incumbent regime to accept and facilitate a fair and free re-run immediately. We also appeal to each EU member states and Canada to officially reject the outcomes of Ethiopian election and press the Prime Minister Meles Zenawi regime to accept a re-run. Finally, we applaud the USA government, EU, and UK government for immediately reacting against the fraudulent election. Our special appreciation goes to the EU EOM Ethiopia 2010 and Human Rights Watch for meticulous, well-balanced and independent assessment of the election process.

Qale Ethiopian Vision Discussion Forum Grass-Root Activists


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  • 21 December 2015100. Tebeqawa Stevenson
    Election is about choice people can make a free choice when they are not intimidated. As we see 99.6\% of a populace tells us one and only one thing that people were forced and threatned for their daily survival.
  • 17 December 201599. Tesfalem L
    the election was not free and fair at all
  • 18 October 201598. Zekre E
    pls help Ethiopian pepole from child killer
  • 07 October 201597. Melles Z
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 23 August 201595. Binyam Bk
    The worst type of dictator is who has no respect for its people.
  • 21 August 201594. Abegaz Mathews
    I condemn the undemocratic election in ethiopia.Meles is teh worest dictator of Africa.We ethiopians need change, Meles zenawi and his ethnic party are child killers. free Birtukan Mideksa.
  • 14 August 201593. Tibebu A
    i am for re-run of the election with condition
  • 23 July 201592. Hirutb Estes
    free ethiopia
  • 16 July 201591. Alex Zhang
    I fully support the petition
  • 11 July 201590. Moanbesa Acosta
    East african worest dictator Meles zenawi,you are not elected by ethiopian peoples. you lost the election.we ethiopian condemn the undemocratic election in Ethiopia.Meles zenawi you are child killer.Free our leader Birtukan Mideksa.
  • 30 June 201589. Dembecha Rasmussen
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  • 29 June 201588. Ethio A
    ytedrgew election tekekl alnebrem 1 party sistem new
  • 24 June 201587. Workneh A
    I support this petition
  • 16 June 201586. Hanfeto Hines
    I support this petition
  • 20 May 201585. Endashaw W
    I Condemn the undemocratic election in Ethiopia.
  • 16 April 201584. Fekade G
    I support this petition
  • 12 April 201583. B A
    I condemn the 2010 sham election and ask for re-run with a level and equal play field.
  • 25 March 201582. Ana White
    mot lekefafayoch
  • 13 March 201581. Geda Huff
    The release of the leader Birtukan Mideksa should now be a pre-condition for any form of re-election
  • 24 January 201580. Aba J
    I support this petition
  • 22 January 201579. Abitew H
    I support this petition
  • 11 January 201578. Seyum D
    I support this petition
  • 07 January 201577. Germane T
    YA
  • 01 January 201576. Chekene Avila
    The ellection was fully rigged and did not full fill the international standard
  • 28 December 201475. Asfds Roman
    asfds
  • 18 December 201474. Sioum G
    Without RERUN, I am afraid the only other option left for the opposition is armed struggle.

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