The 2015 general and local elections, which officially commenced on November 24, 2014, came to a close this Monday with the announcement by the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) of the final results.
The national inflation rate, which has been relatively stable, has picked up again thanks to an escalation in the prices of both food and non-food items. Consequently, a sizable segment of the public is approaching the end of its tether.
Of the large number of political parties operating in Ethiopia with a view to taking the reins of power through general elections held every five years, only a handful make the necessary preparations throughout the five-year cycle.
The political parties running in tomorrow’s general elections to assume state power owe the source from which this power emanates, namely the public, the duty to respect its will by contributing their share to the peaceful and democratic conduct of the elections.