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Ethiopia's races board needs to hold the Horn of Africa country's first multi-party vote in late May or early June after deferring the activity because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Discussions with common society associations are continuous to fix a definite date, as indicated by Sultana Shields, an interchanges' consultant to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia. The political decision in Africa's second-most crowded country was at first booked for August. 

 

"It is NEE's command to choose the political decision date dependent on the input it gets from various partners," she said. 

 

Agitation has erupted since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed started opening up the country's once firmly managed political space when he came to control in April 2018. Abiy has given space for resistance groups and dissident gatherings to work, which pundits say has stirred up fracture and since quite a while ago stifled competitions among ethnic networks.

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