UK says EU election report fair, credible

November 10th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

(FCO) Foreign Office Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham described the European Union Observers report “as fair, balanced and credible” following elections in Ethiopia on 23 May.

“I welcome the final report of the European Union Election Observer Mission to Ethiopia. I believe it is fair, balanced and credible.

There were many positive aspects to these elections, including a high turn-out, a peaceful electoral environment and, on the whole, competent and professional administration by the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).
However, I also share the concerns highlighted in the EU report, particularly the narrowing of political space, the blurring of party and state, and the high number of complaints of harassment and intimidation, all of which contributed to the absence of a level playing field. I encourage the Ethiopian government to help build the capacity of the NEBE to ensure the implementation of Ethiopia’s electoral laws and regulations.
The UK is committed to supporting the development of Ethiopia, to help deliver a secure and prosperous future for all Ethiopians. I firmly believe that accelerating the democratisation process offers the best means of protecting Ethiopia’s significant development successes. I welcome and support the constructive recommendations in the report and I urge the Ethiopian government to respond positively. The British government stands ready to support this.”
Foreign and Common Wealth Office

  1. Drama
    | #1

    THOSE THAT SOLD AFRICA IN THE PAST HAD ALWAYS CREDITED THE COLONIZERS WITH POSITIVE COMMENTS. CAN SOMEBODY TELL THIS HENRY BELLINGHAM TO SHOVE HIS HOUSE NEGRO OUTLOOK IN HIS BOOTY? WHY DOES ABUGIDA POST THIS KIND OF RHETORIC TO UNDERMINE OUR INTELLIGENCE? OR WAS THIS EMAILED TO ABUGIDA? THE UK OBVIOUSLY IS FULL OF SLAVE DRIVERS, WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM A SLAVE DRIVER????? HELLLOOOOOO. FUNNY PART IS THEY HAVE EVEN COME OUT WITH THE WORD DEVELOPMENT IN REVOLUTIONARY DEMOCRACY… I GUESS THIS IS A WORD THEY THINK IN THEIR DREAMS THAT WILL FOOL US FOR THE NEXT DECADE. SHOULD WE ALL WISH THEM GOOD LUCK LADIES & GENTS?

  2. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #2

    I agree with the Honorable Gentleman’s comment about the EU’s report on the recent election in Ethiopia. The aid should continue because it has a channel of positive impact on the long run improvements of the people’s livelihood. That is even though it will help the regime to fatten its coffers. If we take histories of Asian countries such as South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan, we can find a history of gross human rights violations in all of them back in 60′s, 70′s and most of 80′s. There were thousands of political prisoners and proven incidences of extra judicial killings of political opponents. However, they were receiving billions of US dollars in aids every year. The rulers of those countries used part of the aid they are getting to open up industries and improve the infrastructures. They also used some of the aid to sustain their rule. And look at those countries now. 99% of them have got rid of those despotic regimes with well developed industrial societies on hand. There is no question that this mongoose faced goon we have back home will be gone sooner or later and the society will emerge victorious and more developed. So I say the aid should not be interrupted but the donor should be hard pressed to scrutinize the way the goon is using the aid money.

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