The EFF election was called a success by the Electoral Committee

In a press conference held on Monday, the Electoral Committee of the Ethiopian Football Federation called the election which ended a week ago a success and elaborated on the many challenges the committee faced while conducting the election.

Hailu Mola, the chairperson of the electoral committee, stated that initially 5 regions didn’t present candidates and the postponement of the submission date was essential in making sure that all candidates were available.
He also stated that the CAF and FIFA representatives talked to them on the day of the election to ask about how the preparation went and what the process was like.

Regarding his celebration during the election process, which was a huge topic point among many media outlets and football fans, he said “I didn’t celebrate because Isayas won. I showed my emotion because the election was successful. If the casted vote was 139 instead of 138 the election would’ve been repeated. But people took my reaction to TikTok without context.”

He further added that when the venue was about to be changed from Gondar to Addis Ababa the committee discussed it with the EFF president and General Secretary. While they weren’t fully convinced that it all happened so suddenly it was seen as necessary to make the decision. Hailu said there are still things to be improved: “We haven’t learned much from the Afar election. Hopefully, we will do so 4 years later.”

Belete Zewde, vice chairperson of the electoral committee, told the media why it was necessary to prevent cameras near where the casting of the votes was taking place. He said it was to prevent voting interference and nothing more.

Further elaboration was given as to why some candidates weren’t eligible for election and why female candidates were voted first. A recommendation was also given that the rule book should be revised to prevent such controversies.

There were many attempts to buy votes according to different media outlets and when this question was raised to Mr. Hailu he said apart from a call he received a day before the election from a police officer there was nothing he heard. The culprits mentioned in this instant weren’t directly involved in the election.

One of the presidential candidates Melaku Fenta said the election wasn’t fair at a press conference. He added that he already knew who was going to be voted before the election was started and the voters were already told who to vote for. Mr. Hailu responded by saying that he didn’t follow any media outlets and didn’t receive an official complaint.

While the election was dubbed successful in the eyes of the committee there are still many voices saying it was not fair. The different talking points before the election like the league company accusing the Federation, the venue change and talks about trying to buy votes are all indications that when it comes to the election our football is far from being successful. There always seems to be some controversy brewing and many unhappy parties in the process.

The election might not cause Ethiopia to be punished by FIFA but doubts still linger as to how the process can be called successful. Every football fan hopes that an election doesn’t equate to chaos every four years.

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Round 1
30 Sep 2022 13:00
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AMK
30 Sep 2022 16:00
BAHIRDAR
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ELCETRIC
1 Oct 2022 13:00
MEDIN
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GIORGIS
1 Oct 2022 16:00
DIRE
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SIDAMA
2 Oct 2022 13:00
DICHA
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BUNNA
2 Oct 2022 16:00
HAWASSA
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TAFO
3 Oct 2022 13:00
FASIL
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ADAMA
3 Oct 2022 16:00
MECHAL
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HOSSANA
Round 2
6 Oct 2022 13:00
ELCETRIC
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GIORGIS
6 Oct 2022 16:00
AMK
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MEDIN
7 Oct 2022 13:00
BAHIRDAR
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WOLKITE
7 Oct 2022 16:00
ADAMA
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MECHAL
8 Oct 2022 13:00
BUNNA
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HAWASSA
8 Oct 2022 16:00
DICHA
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FASIL
9 Oct 2022 13:00
TAFO
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DIRE
9 Oct 2022 16:00
HOSSANA
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Round 3
12 Oct 2022 13:00
DICHA
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ELCETRIC
12 Oct 2022 16:00
HAWASSA
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ADAMA
13 Oct 2022 13:00
MECHAL
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AMK
13 Oct 2022 16:00
FASIL
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BAHIRDAR
14 Oct 2022 13:00
MEDIN
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TAFO
14 Oct 2022 16:00
SIDAMA
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GIORGIS
15 Oct 2022 13:00
DIRE
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HOSSANA
15 Oct 2022 16:00
WOLKITE
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BUNNA
Round 4
18 Oct 2022 13:00
FASIL
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MECHAL
18 Oct 2022 16:00
DICHA
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19 Oct 2022 13:00
ADAMA
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19 Oct 2022 16:00
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HAWASSA
20 Oct 2022 13:00
AMK
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HOSSANA
20 Oct 2022 16:00
BAHIRDAR
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DIRE
21 Oct 2022 13:00
BUNNA
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SIDAMA
21 Oct 2022 16:00
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Round 5
24 Oct 2022 13:00
HAWASSA
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DIRE
24 Oct 2022 16:00
FASIL
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GIORGIS
25 Oct 2022 13:00
WOLKITE
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SIDAMA
25 Oct 2022 16:00
MECHAL
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MEDIN
26 Oct 2022 13:00
DICHA
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HOSSANA
26 Oct 2022 16:00
ELCETRIC
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ADAMA
27 Oct 2022 13:00
BAHIRDAR
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TAFO
27 Oct 2022 16:00
BUNNA
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Round 6
1 Nov 2022 13:00
HAWASSA
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FASIL
1 Nov 2022 16:00
DIRE
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BUNNA
2 Nov 2022 13:00
MECHAL
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DICHA
2 Nov 2022 16:00
WOLKITE
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ELCETRIC
3 Nov 2022 13:00
MEDIN
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BAHIRDAR
3 Nov 2022 16:00
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AMK
4 Nov 2022 13:00
SIDAMA
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4 Nov 2022 16:00
HOSSANA
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Round 7
7 Nov 2022 13:00
GIORGIS
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WOLKITE
7 Nov 2022 16:00
DIRE
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MECHAL
8 Nov 2022 13:00
MEDIN
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ELCETRIC
8 Nov 2022 16:00
SIDAMA
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HAWASSA
9 Nov 2022 13:00
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BAHIRDAR
9 Nov 2022 16:00
HOSSANA
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10 Nov 2022 13:00
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10 Nov 2022 16:00
TAFO
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Round 8
13 Nov 2022 13:00
HOSSANA
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HAWASSA
13 Nov 2022 16:00
SIDAMA
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MEDIN
14 Nov 2022 13:00
ADAMA
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DICHA
14 Nov 2022 16:00
GIORGIS
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MECHAL
15 Nov 2022 13:00
BUNNA
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BAHIRDAR
15 Nov 2022 16:00
TAFO
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WOLKITE
16 Nov 2022 13:00
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FASIL
16 Nov 2022 16:00
DIRE
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Round 9
19 Nov 2022 13:00
MECHAL
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19 Nov 2022 16:00
HAWASSA
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20 Nov 2022 13:00
MEDIN
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DIRE
20 Nov 2022 16:00
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BUNNA
21 Nov 2022 13:00
WOLKITE
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HOSSANA
21 Nov 2022 16:00
DICHA
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AMK
22 Nov 2022 13:00
FASIL
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TAFO
22 Nov 2022 16:00
BAHIRDAR
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Round 10
25 Nov 2022 13:00
MECHAL
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ELCETRIC
25 Nov 2022 16:00
MEDIN
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HAWASSA
26 Nov 2022 13:00
DIRE
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WOLKITE
26 Nov 2022 16:00
SIDAMA
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FASIL
27 Nov 2022 13:00
GIORGIS
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DICHA
27 Nov 2022 16:00
HOSSANA
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BAHIRDAR
28 Nov 2022 13:00
TAFO
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28 Nov 2022 16:00
AMK
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Round 11
4 Dec 2022 14:00
ADAMA
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TAFO
4 Dec 2022 17:00
BAHIRDAR
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5 Dec 2022 14:00
ELCETRIC
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AMK
5 Dec 2022 17:00
HAWASSA
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MECHAL
6 Dec 2022 14:00
BUNNA
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HOSSANA
6 Dec 2022 17:00
WOLKITE
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MEDIN
7 Dec 2022 15:00
DICHA
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SIDAMA
7 Dec 2022 18:00
FASIL
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DIRE
Round 12
10 Dec 2022 14:00
MECHAL
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WOLKITE
10 Dec 2022 18:00
HOSSANA
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11 Dec 2022 15:00
DIRE
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DICHA
11 Dec 2022 18:00
SIDAMA
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BAHIRDAR
12 Dec 2022 15:00
HAWASSA
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ELCETRIC
12 Dec 2022 18:00
GIORGIS
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BUNNA
13 Dec 2022 15:00
MEDIN
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13 Dec 2022 18:00
TAFO
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Round 13
16 Dec 2022 15:00
BAHIRDAR
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MECHAL
16 Dec 2022 18:00
ELCETRIC
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HOSSANA
17 Dec 2022 15:00
FASIL
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WOLKITE
17 Dec 2022 18:00
BUNNA
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MEDIN
18 Dec 2022 15:00
ADAMA
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DIRE
18 Dec 2022 18:00
DICHA
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HAWASSA
19 Dec 2022 15:00
TAFO
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GIORGIS
19 Dec 2022 18:00
AMK
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Round 14
22 Dec 2022 15:00
MECHAL
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BUNNA
22 Dec 2022 18:00
FASIL
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ELCETRIC
23 Dec 2022 15:00
HAWASSA
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BAHIRDAR
23 Dec 2022 18:00
GIORGIS
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HOSSANA
24 Dec 2022 15:00
MEDIN
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ADAMA
24 Dec 2022 18:00
WOLKITE
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DICHA
25 Dec 2022 15:00
SIDAMA
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TAFO
25 Dec 2022 18:00
DIRE
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AMK
Round 15
28 Dec 2022 15:00
HOSSANA
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MEDIN
28 Dec 2022 18:00
BUNNA
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FASIL
29 Dec 2022 15:00
AMK
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HAWASSA
29 Dec 2022 18:00
TAFO
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MECHAL
30 Dec 2022 15:00
GIORGIS
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DIRE
30 Dec 2022 18:00
BAHIRDAR
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DICHA
31 Dec 2022 15:00
ELCETRIC
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SIDAMA
31 Dec 2022 18:00
ADAMA
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WOLKITE

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