Politics, Africa

Ethiopian president casts ballot in nationwide elections

President Sahle-work Zewde votes for 1st time in country's sixth parliamentary and regional councils elections

Addis Getachew, Seleshi Tessema and Ibrahim Tigli   | 21.06.2021
Ethiopian president casts ballot in nationwide elections ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - JUNE 21: Ethiopian president Sahale–Work Zewede cast her ballot at a polling station during the Ethiopian parliamentary election in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 21, 2021.More than 37M voters expected to cast ballots in parliamentary elections on June 21. (Photo credit: Minasse Wondimu Hailu)


Ethiopia's president on Monday cast her ballot in the country's sixth parliamentary and regional councils elections.

President Sahle-work Zewde appeared at a polling station in the Kirkos sub-city of the capital Addis Ababa, noting that this was her first time participating in an election as a voter because she had been outside the country "most of the time" during previous votes, referring to her long years as diplomat.

A seasoned diplomat who led African Union observation missions to various countries, the president said the election "is not an end in itself, it is a process."

"The winner would be magnanimous and the losers would be gracious in accepting the results of the election," she said, adding that losing would not amount to rejection, but a call for preparation for the next election.

More than 37.4 million voters are voting in the elections across the country.

Meanwhile, president of National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), Bertukan Mideksa, said: "So far, the voting has been peaceful with no major hiccup."

She said that in most polling stations, voting began at 6 a.m., local time (0300GMT).

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