Medrek Considering Public Demonstration

June 18th, 2010 | by addis portal |

June 17, 2010 — Opposition group Medrek is contemplating public demonstration to protest last month’s election it said was rigged by the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), Capital reports.
In results released by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), Medrek, which fielded the second highest number of candidates after the ruling party for, won only a single seat in Addis Ababa, Woreda Six.

Medrek and the All Ethiopian Unity Party (AEUP) called for a fresh vote shortly after provisional results were declared, claiming the poll was flawed. Earlier this week, the NEBE rejected the groups’ call, stating that evidence submitted to it by the parties did not justify a rerun.

“We can simply reject NEBE’s decision and continue or we can go to courts, most probably we will do the latter. We are a constitution-abiding party, so we are likely to go through all the institutions before concluding that these independent institutions don’t want wrongs to be undone and for an election rerun to happen,” Medrek’s parliamentary candidate and former president Negasso Gidada (PhD) told Capital.

According to Negasso Gidada, the leadership is contemplating calling a public demonstration. “There are some who are raising the idea of holding a rally, but there hasn’t been a definitive decision so far. I too think that we have to voice our stand already expressed by the party leadership and also to thank the electorate who voted and sacrificed a lot to support us,” he explained.

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