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May 27th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

The Shamefaced Ruling Party & the Phony 2010 Ethiopian Election.

In our May 13, 2010 communiqué titled ‘Ethiopian election: Ballots or Bullets? Election Campaign or Terror Campaign?’ we predicted that the election was going to be sham and a sequel political theater to the 2005 election. We said, “History may repeat itself in the May 23, 2010 election. The early warning signs of intimidation and preemptive strikes á la Meles Zenawi has already been unleashed, starting with the murder of Aregawi Gebreyohannes in Tigray and recent cold blooded killings of Medrek supporters in the Oromia regional state. EPRDF police state is manifested in many ways, ranging from imprisonment of opposition leaders to harassment and killings of Medrek supporters.”

As we have anticipated the EPRDF regime led by Meles Zenawi reassured itself the so-called landslide victory through intimidation and violence. The Ethiopian people were not allowed to vote for candidates/parties of their choosing. The bulk of Ethiopians who registered to vote and vote for Medrek were either detained on their way to the polls, as it happened in many districts and regions including the vast Oromia, the hotbed of the opposition, and in the Amhara and Tigray regions. In Tigray, the shamefaced EPRDF regime did not only harass and detained voters but it also terrorized them by military showdown. Just one day before the election, the government staged a two-and-half hour military training showdown for the sole purpose of scaring people.

This scaring tactics of the government were accompanied by an early intimidation strategy as experienced by the Afars and the Somalis and by an extensive disinformation strategy. In the Mekanisa area of Addis Ababa, for instance, there were two polling stations; the name of the EPRDF, the ruling party, and its allies was posted on one of the stations; on the second station, designated for the opposition, none of their names was posted. In Tembien, Tigray, the ruling party put its name only on the polling station and voters were told to vote for the EPRDF. By contrast, in District 23 in Addis Ababa (where observers can easily monitor the election process), the EPRDF put is name first on the polling stations (there were 93 stations with 65,000 registered voters), followed by many other opposition parties, including that of Medrek.

In remote parts of the country and in places not too far from Addis Ababa, the EPRDF cadres, militia, and police were all over to make sure that their party snatches all votes. Thus, beyond intimidation and harassment, the government forces resorted to violence. In Ambo (Western Shewa) voters were beaten and forced to disperse. In Northern Gondar (Chilga and Debarq), Western Gojjam, and Northern Wollo, voters were forced to flee from polling stations. In District 18 Kebelle 02 of Addis Ababa, voting started late and in Ferensai Legation the queue was small due to fear that voters perceived as a result of government reprisals.

In Adwa, Tigray, one female journalist confronted Meles Zenawi by asking him a question on his face: “people are saying that there is cheating in the voting,” and the shamefaced Prime Minister, though mesmerized by the question, did not seem to have an answer for the complaint of the people.

The Prime Minister an his party have now claimed the supper majority of the seats in the parliament but one district in Addis Ababa and they also claim that none of the prominent Medrek leaders won. Now, the Ethiopian parliament is only for the EPRDF and its allies, a legislature without opposition!

The EPRDF could claim a fictitious landslide victory but the Ethiopian people will not rest. For one thing, the Ethiopian people know that the election was scandalous and for another, deep in their hearts, they know that Medrek could not be defeated if free and fair elections were held throughout the country. They know too well that Andinet could have garnered the majority of the votes in the Amhara and Oromia regions; that Dr. Beyene Petros and Dr. Merara Guidina could simply win in Southern Peoples regional state and in the Oromia state respectively; that the people of Tigray could have voted for Arena, i.e. for Gebru Asrat and Aregash Adane, and for Siye (representing Andinet in Tigray); that the people of Afar and Somalia could have voted for Medrek as well if they were not harassed and intimidated.

The 2010 election is yet another sign of a direct confrontation of the EPRDF with the Ethiopian people and the ruling party have to answer to the people for all the violence it unleashed when the people, on the contrary, sought peaceful political change through free and fair elections. But the arrogant Meles regime would not listen. Sooner or later, the Ethiopian people will rise and bring the criminal gang of the EPRDF before the court of justice, a newly established institution out of the blood and tears of the Ethiopian people.

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  1. ethiopian
    | #1

    it was really the most technological election process in the universe!!!!!we even saw full ballet boxes before the game started……………………………..nay zemenat yehizb bisot yewoledew jegnaw woyane mircha boardin tekotatrotal…………………..ginbt 15 2002 ametemihret

  2. live in us
    | #2

    HELLO TO MY COUNTRY PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN ABROAD & IN ETHIOPIA ,I HAVE VERY SHORT MESSAGE : THE MESSAGE I AM COMING FROM IS FROM READING ETHIOPIAN NEWS & COMMENTS: THOSE COMMENTS & NEWS FROM OPPOSITION IS TO ME IT IS JUST CAT FIGHT UN ORGANIZE &BASELESS STARATEGIC.

    MY PEOPLE THINK FOR A MOMENT WHAT OUR FATHER,GRAND FATHER HOW THEY FOUGHT

    W/ COURAGE & TOGTHERNESS W/NO TECHNOLOGY.THAT IS THE COUNTRY IT HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY OTHERS NOW AT THIS MOMENT. MY PEOPLE THINK WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO & DISCUSS W/PLAN A & PLAN B . JUST TALKS&COMPLAINS NOT OUR FATHER & GREAT GRAND FATHER HANDED TO US.
    CAT FIGHT DOESN’T DO ANY GOOD. IF YOU CAN’T FIGHT FOR BASIC RIGHT & PRINCIPLE IN SENSEABLE WAY PLEASE,STOP COMPLAINING & DO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE.

  3. selam
    | #3

    Dear compatriots,
    There is no proof that Medrek is more democratic tan EPRDF!! What should happen now? re-run for election or violence? I do not think that we can affor all these. We agree that we do not have ideal democracy, it takes long time until our people can get it fully when they are independent of aid, literate and healthy. We are extermely poor now and we need any governmnet which sets us free from such a devile situation. We are dispised by the west for being beggars. How long should be fight on who should rule until we fight our chronic enemies.
    I urge any Ethiopian to think twic and focus on issues that are urgent and make bold decision won how to addres these issue. For me the main issue is poverty and backwardness which are mothers of dictatorship!

  4. Ethiopian
    | #4

    There is no proof everything election untill in 2006 so many people’s died on the election year. I t was realy sad i was in 8 gread at time .we need proof elections. every 5 years the elactions is corupted. why meles?

  5. አደም አቡባከር
    | #5

    እፍረት እትዮፒያ. በታም ያሳዚናል.

  6. Assta B. Gettu
    | #6

    Some Ethiopians say: “ጅብ ከሄደ ውሻ ጮኽ” (After the hyena left, the dog barked). We who support the opposition are now nothing else but barking dogs after Meles the hyena has left the polling station with huge meat – the electoral votes.

    When a hyena wants to steal something, he comes during night time and steals whatever he wants to steal and runs away. In the same way, Meles the hyena has indeed stolen the votes during night time and during day time. Stealing during day time is uncommon practice in the hyena world unless a hyena is too hungry. Of course, Meles Seitanawi has been very hungry all the time, and that is why he steals anything important to him, to his family, and to his criminal gangs all the time, day time and night time.

    ዓይን አውጣው (shameless) Meles Seitanawi, as if he has done nothing wrong at all, denounces those who caught him red-handed, stealing the ballot boxes. As we shout because our ballot boxes are stolen, at the same time he also shouts, holding firmly those ballot boxes with his two hands lest someone come and snatch them away from him; therefore, he shouts; we shout, and the Americans and the Europeans shout at all of us, favoring mostly the person who shouts louder, and that person is Meles Seitanawi, the great shouter. He shouts louder so that his noisy voice could subdue our mild noise. The more he shouts, the more attentions he will get from the west, and the quieter he becomes, the less donations he will get from those generous nations.

    However, one day, the Almighty God will say to Meles Seitanawi: “Don’t shout; your time is up and leave the country.” That day will be our liberation day, our joyous day, and our unforgettable day.

  7. kassahun
    | #7

    I encourage violent movement against this brutal dictatorship. This brute is going to stage similar sham elections for the coming decades until his ugly looking daughter comes of age to take over the throne. Fight him now.

  8. Assta B. Gettu
    | #8

    Kassahun,

    How can we fight him and defeat him? We have been fighting him with words, but words are not grenades or missiles that maim, cripple, burn, and destroy men and women indiscriminately if used irrationally.

    Physically we are not warriors; spiritually we are good fighters with our daily lives. We are not trained to kill but to heal, to steal but to give, to curse but to bless, to boast but to be humble, to be served but to serve, to lie but to tell the truth, to be greedy but to share what we have with those who don’t have. We are trained to preach peace, not violence, to preach equality, not superiority, to preach unity, not division, to preach democracy, not totalitarianism. We are trained to train others to follow the rule of law; however, there are certain animals that one cannot domesticate, and one of these animals one should not waste time to domesticate is Meles Seitanawi.

    For 19 years, we have been telling him we are hungry; we are thirsty; we are naked; we are homeless; we are orphans; we are sick; we are dying, but he cares nothing about us. For him business in Ethiopia is as usual. In the mean time, we saw him begging us to vote for him, bribing us to vote for him, threatening us to vote for him, handing us guns to kill his enemies, and sending some of us to jail for failing to vote for him.

    We know we are highly educated people, and we have the expertise to lead our country in the right direction; nevertheless, the twelve-grade-dropped-out Meles Seitanawi has purposely expelled many of us from our country, for he considers us a great threat to his way of life, a low life, a criminal life, a robber’s life, a bigot’s life, and a life of a prostitute. He wants to live that type of low life with 80 million Ethiopians for another five years or more. Eighty-million people following him and heading toward the no man’s land – destitution!

  9. Abu Anja
    | #9

    We have reached a point where there is no way out, but to start arm struggle as a last resort once and for all. The time is now. the only language Meles understand is the language of force.

  10. Meseret
    | #10

    I don’t think that the opposing parties could lead us sustainably as they have d/ces.

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