U.S. was prohibited from observing Ethiopia’s electoral process – Department of State

Press Statement by Marie Harf
Deputy U.S. Department of State Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson

The United States commends the people of Ethiopia for their civic participation in generally peaceful parliamentary and regional elections on May 24. We acknowledge the National Electoral Board’s organizational efforts and the African Union’s role as the only international observer mission on the ground. We also note the importance of the nine televised party debates as progress in fostering open public discussion of the challenges facing the country. We encourage all candidates, political parties and their supporters to resolve any outstanding differences or concerns peacefully in accordance with Ethiopia’s constitution and laws.

The United States remains deeply concerned by continued restrictions on civil society, media, opposition parties, and independent voices and views. We regret that U.S. diplomats were denied accreditation as election observers and prohibited from formally observing Ethiopia’s electoral process. Apart from the election observation mission fielded by the African Union, there were no international observer missions on the ground in Ethiopia. We are also troubled that opposition party observers were reportedly prevented from observing the electoral process in some locations.

A free and vibrant media, space for civil society organizations to work on democracy and human rights concerns, opposition parties able to operate without impediment, and a diversity of international and domestic election observers are essential components for free and fair elections. The imprisonment and intimidation of journalists, restrictions on NGO activities, interference with peaceful opposition party activities, and government actions to restrict political space in the lead-up to election day are inconsistent with these democratic processes and norms.

The United States has a broad and strong partnership with Ethiopia and its people. We remain committed to working with the Ethiopian Government and its people to strengthen Ethiopia’s democratic institutions, improve press freedom, and promote a more open political environment consistent with Ethiopia’s international human rights obligations.

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3 Responses to U.S. was prohibited from observing Ethiopia’s electoral process – Department of State

  1. Dawit

    May 27, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    This statement’s a lot of nothing. The US government has been “concerned” by EPRDF’s human rights abuses for 20 years. Big deal.

  2. መዝሙረ

    May 28, 2015 at 5:35 AM

    this is a drama written by wendy sherman and portrayed by TPLF.we Ethiopians have not fool enough to entertain their nasty conspiracy behind the curtains.TPLF will go down to Hell very soon!

  3. Namaga

    May 28, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Complicated relationship to the visible world of the naked eye. It’s much like the Amara and Gurage Christian relationship. But their friendship is committing mischiefs in secret. The US and EPRDF against the Ethiopian public’s freedoms just like Amara and Gurage Christian equally hate Gurage Muslims.
    When you discover their deceptive tricks, you strip them naked and catch them in the act of crimes against the innocents whose degradation is the foundation for their moral depravity..