09 May 2009 — The All Ethiopia Unity Party (AEUP) set a seven point preconditions to the Meles Zenawi regime to contest in the coming 2010 elections. These preconditions are simillar to the eight-points precondition set by the CUD party in the aftermath of the May 2005 elections.
Below is the full press statement of AEUP.
Improvement of Proclamation No. 532/2007, Establishing the National Electoral Board
Friday, May 08, 2009 Press Release – English
Distinguished Ambassadors and Councilors
Distinguished Heads of International Organizations
Re: Improvement of Proclamation No. 532/2007, Establishing the National Electoral Board
This is to inform you that All Ethiopia Unity Party (AEUP) has submitted to His Excellency Ato Meles Zenawi, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, with a copy to the Chairman of the Electoral Board, its comments and improvements with regard to 39 articles in the above Proclamation, article by article, with the aim of making the forthcoming 2010 national election free, fair, peaceful and successful.
We have requested the Prime Minister to attend to the various articles that we deem absolutely necessary for improvement and change in consultation with the opposition parties, inside and outside the parliament, at his earliest opportunity without taking too much time as it is fast running out and the election date is rapidly approaching for sufficient awareness creation of the public of its rights and obligations
It is absolutely necessary that the electoral board, the judiciary and the armed forces be free from any type of interference by the Ruling Party and Government. That the Head of the Supreme Court and the General Manager of the Electoral Board should, at the minimum, be removed immediately in order to ensure vigilant, efficient and effective election process that guarantees timely and fair attention to matters of election so that no repeat of the risk encountered during the aftermath of the 2005 national election should occur again.
Similarly, AEUP believes that international and national observers should be invited as a matter of international and national obligations, the decision of which should not be left to the wishes of the incumbent. This, AEUP believes, makes the election process truly transparent, democratic and exemplary for other less fortunate underdeveloped countries that suffer under the yolk of dictatorship, and lack of human rights and dignity.
These and many other apparently small but very critical issues are raised for improvement in the Proclamation.
In this process of improving the Proclamation to bring about free, fair, peaceful and successful election in 2010, the Ruling Party and Government should be bold enough, unlike in the past, to face reality in the country and to take the appropriate measures enumerated here in full consultation with the opposition parties, in and outside the parliament, consistent with the need for peaceful change of governments, lest the consequences of the alternative is too much for the country and everybody concerned, not the least the Ruling Party and Government as Ethiopian experience of the past three and a half decades have shown.
AEUP believes that foreign governments and international organizations, representing the United Nations and civil societies, have also significant roles in contributing to Ethiopia’s free, fair, peaceful and successful election in 2010, not only because of (i) the demand for good governance all across the globe, if globalization and transfer of capital and technology to backward countries are to succeed amicably, efficiently and effectively, but also because (ii) a peaceful transition of governments is paramount to enhancement of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Africa, the far east and other parts of the less developed world, and (iii) that foreign affairs requires maintenance of friendly, cooperative relations and exchange of opinions among countries that is consistent with equality and human dignity.
AEUP also wants to take this opportunity to remind the distinguished country and international delegates of the seven point demands that was submitted in the aftermath of the 2005 national election to the Ruling Party and Government by CUD and subsequently by AEUP so that the incumbent Government sees to them satisfied. These are consistent with our current comments and suggested improvements in the above Proclamation, if the 2010 and subsequent national elections are to be free, fair, peaceful and successful.
In this process the Opposition Parties must be consulted and should own the whole decision-making process along with the Ruling Party and Government.