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Ethiopia to strengthen GIS for election observers

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) said that it will harness efforts to strengthen its GIS capacity. The GIS department is providing services to foreign observers by identifying and locating constituencies and polling stations, said NEBE Chairman Kemal Bedri at the graduation of the trainees who had been trained for a year by the NEBE and the United Nations Development Program.

The modern information system provides services with regard to information and document distribution in the constituencies and polling stations, apart from identifying constituencies and polling stations using maps and other supporting technology. More than 25 million of Ethiopia’s 71 million people have registered to vote in the May 15 national elections. Some 35 political parties will vie for seats in the 547-seat Council of People’s Representatives.