EU cancels plan to send Ethiopia election observers

The European Union has cancelled its observer mission for Ethiopia’s June elections citing “lack of agreement on key parameters”.

The EU’s High Representative on Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said standard requirements such as the mission’s independence and importing of communication systems for their security had been denied.

“It is disappointing that the EU has not received the assurances necessary to extend to the Ethiopian people one of its most visible signs of support for their quest for democracy.

The EU urged the Ethiopian government to carry out free and fair elections.

It said, it had supported the electoral board with €20m.

Ethiopia is set to hold elections on 5 June. The polls were delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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