Daily Archives: March 14, 2020

Board Makes Election Map Public

Addis Ababa The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has made the election map of constituencies public today.

NEBE Chairperson Birtukan Mideksa said the election map of constituencies is the first ever for the country.

The map was prepared after conducting various studies.

It was also discussed with political party leaders and representatives of civic organizations, the chairperson added.

The last census was used for preparing the election map, it was learned.

Accordingly, Tigray will have 38, Afar 8, Amhara 138, Oromia 178, Somali 23, Benishangul-Gumuz 9, South (15 different constituencies included) 123, Gambella 3, Harari 2, Dire Dawa 2 and Addis Ababa 23 constituencies (for the Federal Parliament).

In total, 547 constituencies were announced.

Source: Ethiopia News agency

Ethio-Kenya Electricity Highway Project Nearing Completion

ENA The Ethio-Kenya Electricity Highway Project is expected to be ready for testing and commissioning at the end of this Ethiopian year, according to Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP).

Upon completion, the project will promote power, trade, and regional integration, and contribute to the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) countries’ social and economic development.

Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) Communication Director, Moges Mekonnen told ENA that the project is well underway, despite the delay of some construction of transmission lines.

According to him, the convertor sub-stations are almost fully completed, and they are at testing and commissioning stages.

The 433km Ethio-Kenya power transmission line has reached over 86 percent, he added.

Interconnecting Ethiopia with neighboring countries through energy would play crucial role to elevate social, political and economic integration and development.

Moges noted that the completion of the Ethio-Kenya electricity highway project will, therefore, help Ethiopia to obtain foreign currency and integrate the region with energy as Sudan and Djibouti are already connected.

The project involves the construction of an electricity highway between Ethiopia and Kenya, which is about 1,068km high voltage direct current (HVDC), 500 kV transmission line, and converter stations at Wolayta-Sodo and Suswa sub-stations with a power transfer capacity of up to 2,000 MW.

The overall investment in the Ethio-Kenya Electricity Highway Project is estimated to be 1.26 billion USD. The World Bank is providing 684 million USD loan while the African Development Bank and the French Development Agency are providing 338 million USD and 118 million USD, respectively.

The governments of Ethiopia and Kenya are funding 32 million and 88 million USD respectively

Source: Ethiopia News agency

IOM Appeals Assistance for More Than 1.2 Million People in Ethiopia

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has appealed for 77.6 million USD to provide humanitarian assistance for more than 1.2 million internally displaced persons, returnees, host community members, and migrants in Ethiopia.

IOM press release issued today noted that social, economic, political and climatic change factors drive populations to leave their homes both from within and outside Ethiopia’s borders,

IOM Ethiopia Emergency and Post-Crisis Programme Coordinator, Ester Ruiz de Azua said, “We (therefore) call on the donor community to continue providing life-saving support to the people of Ethiopia. This appeal aims to reach 1.2 million people in need. The international community must act in this critical moment – for Ethiopia 2020 and beyond.”

The organization revealed that it plans to provide support following two principal objectives: saving lives while responding to the humanitarian crisis, and supporting the transition and recovery of crisis-affected communities.

The coordinator said community-based stabilization, peace building and reconciliation efforts are needed to resolve and prevent further conflict-induced internal displacement.

Relocation assistance to refugees is a vital lifesaving operation and failure to do so may result in increased humanitarian needs and protection concerns for refugee and host communities.

Living conditions for IDPs, returnees and many host communities are dire. Shelter, safe access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), basic health services, and critical non-food items (NFIs) are urgently needed, the release stressed.

For crisis-affected communities, IOM Ethiopia seeks to continue supporting the government in achieving durable solutions, which include voluntary return, local integration, and relocation in various regions of the country. Peace building and peace preservation, community stabilization and displacement tracking for recovery and crisis prevention are also a strong focus for this year

Source: Ethiopia News agency