The ruling party won the elections in Ethiopia

Ethiopia's ruling party, EPRDF won a large majority in parliament

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Ethiopia's ruling party Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and its allies have swept elections and won a large majority in parliament, the country's election board told Reuters on Wednesday.

Based on an early vote count in a weekend election in which opponents complained their supporters were harassed, the ruling party, EPRDF came out winner.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, leader of the EPRDF, which has been in power for almost 25 years, refused the harassment allegations.

The EPRDF and its allies have so far won all of 442 seats declared, according to a Reuters tally calculated after election board chairman Merga Bekana read out regional results so far.

The opposition won just one seat in the last parliament.

Ethiopia’s election commission deployed nearly 40,000 observers at 45,795 polling stations, although the only foreign electoral observers are from the African Union, which has sent a team of 59 officials. 

The Ethiopian electoral officials did not invite the European Union and the US-based Carter Center, which monitored the 2005 and 2010 elections, to observe.

Although 58 parties contested the ballot, only two - the centre left coalition MEDREK and the recently founded Blue Party - were considered actual competition to the ruling party. 

“Voting was going smoothly on Sunday but [the] opposition had complained of irregularities in the run-up to the election,” Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reported from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

"The opposition is fractured. They have been complaining of harassment and intimidation of their supporters, particularly in the rural areas," Adow added.

The streets of capital Addis Ababa have been furnished by the posters supporting the ruling party, EPRDF.

TRTWorld and agencies