Ethiopian Election Results: Behind the Numbers


A boy sits outside a polling station, as Ethiopia's national election kicks off in capital Addis Ababa, May 24, 2015.


Ethiopian Election Results: Behind the Numbers

By Zelalem Eshete

The truth may not be black or white. It may be gray. And embracing this fact is good for Ethiopia. Here is my take as an independent voice. My heart is for Ethiopia to find a bridge in reconciliation and mutual understanding.

The Story of White
The government is joyful that it had secured 100% of the known seats yet (442). This story states that the people had given a green card to the government and thus empowers the government to continue with the status quo. The story dictates that the opposition had been given a red card and therefore should be out of the way.

The Story of Black
The government had stolen 100% of the votes. This story states that the votes had been rigged and the results are all lie. The story empowers the opposition not to take any responsibility for its loss but paints the picture that the peaceful struggle is dead.

The Story of Gray
May be the people are giving YELLOW card to both the government and opposition.

The government should stop rejoicing too much over the perfect score and start scrutinizing the journey they made to achieve this result. See the YELLOW behind the presumed GREEN card and open up the political space for a more leveled playing field for the next election season starting yesterday.

The opposition should stop complaining too much over the total loss and start scrutinizing the journey they made to achieve this result as well. See the YELLOW behind the presumed RED card and be united for a more meaningful opposition for the next election season starting yesterday.

The moral of the story is to encourage both the government and opposition to look for ways to take responsibility today (yesterday) to make Ethiopia win than find excuses to keep the status quo during the next 5 years journey.

Who can handle the truth? It is not easy to take full responsibility and change.
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The author may be reached at EthioFamily@outlook.com
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