EU-EOM and its total failure
Normally, observers of an election process
are invited by the governments in power on the first hand and the
consent of the opposition groups on the other as a gesture of
goodwill. There is a code of conduct on how they should observe
and assess the outcomes of the election process so that the
sovereign power of the land is not advanced and conflict of
interests are not advanced. These are simple and obvious facts for
countries and union of countries to follow and fulfill. However,
the current Ethiopian election that was hailed by many observers
(African Union, Carter Center, volunteers, etc) as an exemplary
that can serve as precedent for many countries, was finally marred
and labeled by the EU-EOM report as “failing to meet
international standards for democracy”. The report, has on the
contrary, failed to meet the impartiality or neutrality
requirement it was supposed to deliver according to the norms and
deliberations of international standard, as is the case in
different parts of the world. Observers, taking subservient stands
towards one or the other are either unprofessional in their
undertakings or are naïve, easily duped by the flow of
sentiments. Anyway such an approach is in contravention of
agreements concluded between Parties and against the sovereignty
Thanks to the letter of the Prime Minster to
the Ethiopian Herald, a lot of secrets were exposed on how the
untimely report was leaked to the opposition and media, the
scandalous preliminary statement released without corroborating
facts and the bias it showed to those institutions (NEBE, CIP) and
people, who tirelessly worked to rectify irregularities. Kudos to
those who should have been praised heroes during those difficult
days. The European Union Chief observer “labored” instead
after 4 months a scrap report, attacking these very institutions,
which relentlessly tried to address the never-ending protests of
the opposition. Remarkably one of the news, which was outside the
Chief Observer’s mandate was the hype during the press
conference at Hotel Sheraton that one of the opposition
politicians was “hidden under her skirt”, given sanctuary in
her bed and saved from the atrocious forces of the ruling party!
This was really an embarrassment to all involved- A EU official
coming to a land to observe the free and fair election and an
opposition politician already elected hiding from security
officers under the pretext of being harassed. We know that the
oppositions, which has never had common political programs and
agendas for Ethiopia, were simply riding on the opinions emanating
from dissatisfied and annoyed groups, were harping on ethnicity
and eulogizing failure unless they got elected. Taking all
confusions and noisy arguments presented during and after the
overheated election period, the EU-EOM were lured to believe the
cunning of the opposition. After all, knowing the background of
these seeming democrats in the name of opposition and the role
they played during the retrogressive governments, most Ethiopians
do really know their chameleonic nature and vacillating stands.
They have adopted the means of their previous employer Derg on how
to make a mountain out of a molehill.
Ethiopians without any pressure and of their
own volition have organized an election, where the opposition was
given ample airtime to present their case to the electorate.
Everybody also knows that the opposition had no chance whatsoever
in the countryside, where the majority of the people live. How do
the observers explain the opposition’s complaint (except their
own results) about the enormous “rigged elections” in 299
constituencies? How could parties, which won in one attempt, lose
all of a sudden all the 31-rerun elections? Wasn’t it mysterious
even for a seasoned democrat, who wants to teach the ABC of
democracy to the “illiterate” and newcomers, to clarify such a
phenomenon? Ethiopia has entered the path of democracy without
turning back the wheel for change for all generations to come. I
think we agree with the chief observer that there are no more
Mengistu, Hitler, Mussolini or generalissimo Franco to be afraid
of. The preposterous and wicked assertions piled up without
evidences and based on hearsay are one-sided and does not bode
well for trust building measures. The EU-EOM report, which has
become the laughing stock as a condescending document, should try
to separate the wheat from the chaff and redress the damage on its
independent position as an authority.
Berhe President of Tigray State
AU Official: Ethiopian Vote Free & Fair, Opposition Complaints
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electoral investigation well conducted: EU.
Given the constraints in
Ethiopia, the electoral board has done remarkable job in trying to bring
the process to a satisfactory end, said Clarke.
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first ever face-to-face talks aimed at ending the deepening crisis over
disputed legislative polls, an official said on Friday.
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