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Title:Voting Violence and Violations: Peasant Voices on the Flawed Elections in Hadiya, Southern Ethiopia
Author:Tronvoll, KjetilISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
opposition parties
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3557346
Abstract:In May 2000, the first national elections were held in Ethiopia since the collapse of the Derg government and the coming to power of the EPRDF (Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front) in 1991. This article examines the flawed electoral process in Hadiya administrative zone in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region. It focuses on the political process as it was perceived by local peasants and urban dwellers. After an outline of the background to the 2000 elections and the political context of control and manipulation in Ethiopia, the article discusses Hadiya resistance to EPRDF domination, the electoral process in Hadiya, and the conduct of the elections elsewhere in Ethiopia. It shows that in the run-up to the elections, government cadres and officials intimidated and harassed candidates and members of the opposition party, the Hadiya National Democratic Organisation (HNDO). On election day, widespread attempts at rigging the election took place, and violence was exerted in several places by government cadres and the police. Yet the opposition party managed to mobilize the people in a popular protest to challenge EPRDF hegemony, and the HNDO secured six of the seven seats that were re-elected in Hadiya. Although it is too early to tell whether the EPRDF hegemony has been permanently broken in Hadiya, the 2000 elections show that well-organized and well-prepared opposition can challenge the EPRDF successfully at the grassroots. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.