ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s electoral authority called off Tuesday parliamentary polls slated for August due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“We have decided to hold back the timetable issued for the parliamentary election due to the coronavirus phenomena that made it impossible to carry on with electoral preparations,” read a statement by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).

The statement came as more regional state governments decided to close their administrative boundaries to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Upon assessment of the impact COVID-19 is having on the electoral processes, the Board decided to cancel the election calendar,” it

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