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Ethiopia delays election over rainy season fears

Date: Feb 14, 2020

Ethiopia's electoral board has postponed the highly anticipated general election by nearly two weeks to 29 August.

Voting day had been set for 16 August, which was met with criticism as it coincided with the height of the rainy season in a country where many people live in rural areas.

Announcing the revised timetable, the Chair of the electoral board, Birtukan Mideksa, a former judge who was once a political prisoner, said that the end of August generally saw relatively less heavy rain.

Voter registration is due to begin in April and political parties can commence their campaigns late in May.

--BBC--

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