Gov’t working to conduct democratic elections

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Addis Ababa, 8 July 2014 (WIC)- It is up to the Ethiopian people to make sure that the forthcoming national elections are held peacefully, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has said.

While responding to queries from members of parliament on Monday, the Premier said the government is playing its part to actively engage the public in the whole process from pre to post elections.

The government is working with commitment to make the elections free, fair and democratic, he said, and urged contesting political parties to contribute share by operating as per the electoral code of conduct.

The Political Parties' National Joint Council is undertaking activities in this regard, he said, and called on non-members to adhere to thereby making the elections flawless.

In case there are forces that are planning to ruin the elections, the government will interfere to maintain law and order, he said.

He urged all stakeholders including the public, National Electoral Board of Ethiopia and political parties to play their part in making the elections faultless.

On Ethio-Egyptian relations, the Premier said Ethiopia still maintains its earlier position.

He welcomed the desire of the new Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to forge good relations with Ethiopia. (ERTA)