Long queues form across cities as Ethiopia votes

Written by on June 21, 2021

Long queues of voters have been witnessed in polling centres in several cities across Ethiopia including in the capital Addis Ababa.

Some of the voters starting queuing as early as 06:00 local time.

The BBC’s Jibat Tamirat said some of the lines were as long as 200 metres – and some voters brought stools to sit on as they waited.

Those who voted include Berhanu Nega – who is the only opposition leader with a national profile taking part in the elections.

There were similar long queues in some voting stations in Adama in Oromia region, BBCs Bizuwork Olana observed.

Long lines also formed in the northern city of Bahir Dar where BBC’s Mohammed Selman is following the voting.

Yadeta Berhanu has also sent pictures from Beshasha in Jimma in south-western Oromia region where Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was expected to vote.

-BBC


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