Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 20, 2010 (ENA)
Contending political parties launched on Thursday their last day of canvassing votes across the nation for the national elections scheduled for Sunday.
According to the country’s electoral law, election campaign must end two days (48 hours) before the voting date. It thus ends on Thursday evening (at 6:00 PM local time).
Here in the capital, dozens of political parties went out to constituencies early this morning existing in the city to canvass votes with three days remained for the national elections slated for May 23, 2010.
Standing on top of trucks, enthusiastic candidates accompanied by members and supporters, were seen by ENA reporters assigned to various areas of the city to have preaching the voters to vote for their respective parties.
Some of the candidates and members attired with T-shirts in which party emblems printed on have been agitating and urging the electorate to give their votes for their parties through loudspeakers mounting on top of cruising trucks, which were decorated with colorful posters and slogans.
The political parties operating in regions have also launched the same campaign all over the country, according to ENA’s correspondents stationed in the regions.
Some 63 political parties will contend for federal and regional parliamentary seats.
According to the National Electoral Board, 32 million people are expected to cast votes in a secret ballot.
This is the 4th time for Ethiopia to hold national elections in 18 years, after the ruling party, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), came to power.