The National Political Parties’ Joint Council had discussed and passed decisions on different agendas in its regular session held here on Wednesday.
The Council had discussed the grievances of some parties who alleged that their candidates had withdrawn their candidacy because of family and outside pressures.
The Council decided that if there are candidates who fulfill the criteria of candidacy but prevented from being one, to create a favorable condition that would allow them to run for the election after investigating the issue immediately.
The Council also decided that if there are some others who withdrew from their candidacy due to family and outside pressure, need to be encouraged to participate.
Concerning the question of replacing those candidates who withdrew from their candidacy due to other problems, the Council decided that the issue be referred to the national electoral board for decision. It also decided that a committee in charge of facilitating this be established.
The Council had also decided the date and topics in which political parties should hold debates.
The debate on topic of foreign policy should be held on April 9, 2010 while on agriculture, land possession and development on April 16, 2010.
The debate on topics of Urban and Industry Development, and Infrastructure will be held on April 23 and May 5, 2010 respectively.
If there is adequate time, another political debate will be held, according to the Council.
The Council had also discussed and decided to enrich with important ideas and adopt the statute in its next meeting.
The Council had also discussed on the complaints of some parties who said the query given by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to members of the parliament made the members of their party feel intimidated.
The Council, however, reached consensus that the statement given by PM Meles to the House of Peoples Representatives about the prevailing situation in the country was appropriate and correct.
The Council had also studied that there are some forces who are working for making the election untrustworthy ahead of the schedule. On the contrary, there are some parties who operate democratically and peacefully.
The Council had also decided that those parties who are engaged in violating laws would be tried through the board according to the country’s law and this will be made before and after the election, according to the Council.
The Council noted that members of any party should not feel intimidated as long as their respective parties work based on the country’s law and peacefully.