The Ethiopian government has canceled parliamentary elections scheduled for August due to the coronavirus outbreak. Twenty-nine cases and no deaths have been reported in Africa’s second-most populous country.
All people who enter the country are being quarantined for 14 days,
Many regional state governments have closed their administrative borders to prevent the spread of the virus, making it difficult to continue with electoral preparations, according to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian electoral authority says that it will reschedule the elections when the coronavirus pandemic subsides, Reuters reports.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has promised to hold free and fair elections.
He has positioned himself as a candidate whose reforms could unify a country whose previous elections have often been marred by allegations of rigging and intimidation, according to IOL.
Ahmed has worked to open up the state-run economy through economic reforms.