News – VoA
In Ethiopia, the ruling Ethiopia People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front says it’s unaware that hundreds of opposition members have allegedly been jailed ahead of next year’s election.
Opposition parties accuse the government of jailing at least 450 of their members to prevent them from running as candidates in next May’s general elections.
They say the imprisonment is part of the ruling party’s strategy to claim a landslide victory in the vote — a charge the ruling party denies.
EPRDF spokesman Seku Toure said that the opposition parties have yet to present grievances through established channels.
“We don’t have any information about this. If any party has got any kind of issue regarding this they can present to the EPRDF. We do have a common council of the four negotiating parties. We have agreed to review any kind of allegations and give some kind of remedy for that,” he said.
Toure said the ruling party will support an investigation into the opposition’s imprisonment claims.
“Yes for sure. If you have seen the code of conduct it says that if there are any kinds of allegations, any kind of abuses, all
political parties including the EPRDF have agreed to investigate and take measures about them,” he said.