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Ethiopian Electoral Board Plans Revote in Six Constituencies Sunday

Ethiopia’s election board says it will hold new elections at six polling stations where there were irregularities during Sunday’s parliamentary poll.

The board says the new elections will be held Sunday at polling stations in Oromia state and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region. It says ballot boxes at the stations were allegedly stuffed or not properly guarded.

Ethiopia’s main opposition group, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy, has demanded new votes or ballot recounts in 84 districts.

Both the ruling and opposition parties have claimed victory, even though an official vote tally is not expected until June 8th. The election board has only released results from 15 districts in the capital, Addis Ababa, all of which the opposition has won.

Getahun Amogne, a press and public information officer for the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia, told English to Africa reporter William Eagle the new elections will take place in the states of Oromia and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region. No elections are yet scheduled for the state of Amhara, where the opposition CUD has said there was massive fraud. Mr. Getahun says the election board is also expected to receive about 100 thousand ballots cast by students at institutions of higher learning.