Parliament is about to gather for a decision on the proposal of the National Electoral Board
On Thursday, April 22, 2012, the House of Peoples' Representatives held a hearing on the recommendation of the National Electoral Board on the general election scheduled for August. Collects.
According to a source close to the issue, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia, which focuses on the parliamentary session, is scheduled for August 23, 2012. He said that he would not be able to do so, to discuss the proposal of the Parliament for his decision.
Accordingly, it was learned that the Election Board could not conduct the election on schedule due to the Corona epidemic, and that the Board would provide an in-person survey-based alternative solution that the Board had proposed as a solution to parliament. It is expected that after the House has heard the proposals for a referendum to conduct the election, it is expected that a legitimate decision within the context of the Constitution could be decided.
Parliament's Public Relations Directorate told reporters that it would hold a regular meeting next Thursday, but said it had no information on the agenda for discussion.
National Electoral Board on March 22, 2012 It was announced that it would not be able to conduct the elections on schedule due to the challenges posed by the Corona epidemic, as well as the restrictions imposed by federal and state governments.
As a result, it is important to remember that the election preparatory tasks to be carried out have been temporarily halted by deleting the schedule for the elections. He also added that the public was aware that the Board could not hold the general election within one month before the expiration of the mandate, and that it had made its decision.
The Election Board requested that the House make a decision before the expiration of its mandate, in accordance with Article 58 (2) of the Constitution, for five years, and the term of office of the Council that is in force is in accordance with this Act. Because it will end in the end.
Lawmakers say that if a new council, which holds power for the next five years, is held before the end of the term, the legislature and its government will not be able to continue in office, and there will be gaps in power.
The constitution of the country also states that there is no provision for the extension of elections, or that there is no provision to fill the vacuum of power, in the event of an impairment that cannot be held without a provision.
Article 60 of the Constitution provides for the dissolution of the Parliament by the decision of the House in which the Prime Minister is to be dissolved before the expiration of the term of Parliament of Parliament.
In this way, the Council stipulates in sub-paragraphs of this Article that elections will be held within six months of dissolution, and that the government in power does not enact an election, governing the day-to-day conduct of the state, or make law.
While some lawmakers say that it is possible to bypass the current situation by using this article, others argue that this paragraph was intended to run a new election, not to extend election time if the election-based government loses its popularity. Lawmakers with a different mindset say the election could be postponed for another six months before the end of the current emergency decree, which is due to the current outbreak of the virus.
These experts raise this option because the implementation of the emergency constitution (except four paragraphs) would result in the implementation of the emergency constitution until the end of the emergency decree. But this idea is not accepted by other legislators.
The reason is that the emergency decree is used to override a problem, not to advance elections, and to abuse power.
Now that the problem associated with the election is to acknowledge the limitations of the Constitution, the use of other constitutional provisions to extend the election should be used to extend the mandate beyond their basic purpose, and to do so would constitute "Abuse of Incumbency" .
The solution is to amend Article 58 (2) of the Constitution. In accordance with Article 105 (2) of the Constitution, the House of Peoples' Representatives and the House of Representatives shall approve the amendment by a two-thirds vote and two-thirds of the nine regional councils by a majority vote.