NEWS: OFC SAYS, AGAIN,VERY DIFFICULT TO PARTICIPATE IN ELECTION UNDER CURRENT CONDITIONS; CAUTIONS THREAT TO MULTINATIONAL FEDERALISM “DANGEROUS MOVE”
BY MEDIHANE EKUBAMICHAEL @MEDIHANE
Addis Abeba, January 09/2021 – (addisstandard)—Opposition party Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) has released yet another statement last night saying that the party will find it “very difficult” to participate in the coming general elections scheduled to take place on June 05/2021.
The statement, the second in as many weeks, said that repeated the calls that “it will be very difficult for us to participate in the election, as our leaders, members and supporters, who would be participating, coordinating and observing, have been arrested and others have been displaced and our offices have been forcibly closed.”
The party has made a similar call on December 09 last year in which it said it finds it “extremely hard” to take part in coming elections under the existing conditions in the country whereby many of its leadership as well as rank and file members remained jailed, most of its offices are closed by the government, and the free movements of its members are restricted.
“As the OFC has repeatedly expressed in the past, it finds it extremely difficult to take part in the election when the majority of its members from federal to Kebelle (small districts) level who are competing, coordinating, and observing elections are imprisoned, and majority of its offices, except for its headquarters, are closed.”
The OFC has requested an immediate effort to reach at a national consensus before holding the elections, a call it repeated in its latest release yesterday “despite falling on deaf ears.”
In addition to calls for national consensuses and the release of its members, OFC’s latest statement also warned that the growing calls by “right-wing forces that oppose the constitution and the multinational federalism [and] push forward with threat to it” was reverberating among “those in control of the scepter of power who are also seen working to reverse the federal structure.” it said, and cautioned “OFC understands that this is a dangerous move.”
It is to be recalled that on September 30 last year OFC had called for “genuine national dialogue” and warned that “Ethiopia has entered a new year with all its heavy political burdens – with both hope and despair. And without a shadow of doubt, the hoped-for democratic transition is disturbingly failing.”