The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) said it has given financial assistance to political parties, which have seat in the Federal Parliament and state councils. NEBE Public Relations and Coordination Head Yeshi Fekade said that NEBE has provided a 10 million birr financial support to the political parties in 2004 E.C. to run their day-to-day activities. Yeshi said the board provided the money to the political parties from government budget in accordance with the amended proclamation on the registration of political parties. The money was provided to ten political parties, depending on the number of seats each party has in the parliament. The money was deposited in the bank account of the respective parties. EPRDF, the Somali People’s Democratic Party, the BeniShangul-Gumuz People Democratic Party, the Afar National Democratic Party and the Gambella People’s Unity Democratic Movement are included among the parties which received the financial assistance. The Harari National League, the Argoba People Democratic Organization, Forum for Democratic Dialogue in Ethiopia- Medrek, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy and the All Ethiopian Unity Organization are also included. According to Yeshi, similar financial assistance was also provided to political parties last year.
(The Ethiopian Herald)