Ethiopia’s opposition political parties requested the government not to implement the new regulation before further discussion and amendment.
The new law that was passed by the House of Representatives two weeks ago was opposed by major political parties that claim the election board did not include any of their recommendations they submitted during its draft stage discussion.
One of the main amendments raised the number of signatures required to register a national political party to 10,000, up from 1,500. Regional parties will need 4,000 signatures, up from 750.
The country has regularly held elections since the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) took power in 1991 but, with the exception of the 2005 election, none have been competitive.