Gambella, February 15, 2015 (GMN) - More than 6,000 candidates have been registered for the upcoming national election, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia said. NEBE Public Relations Director, Demisew Benti, told news media that 57 parties got registered the candidates of the total, 1,884 candidates will contest for seats in the House of Peoples Representative (HPR) and 4,166 for regional councils. Over 1,308 of the candidates are women, it was indicated. Out of the total candidates, 11 are independent candidates contending for seats in the HPR, while two got registered to contest for seats in regional councils, the director pointed out.
Speaking on Gambella Regional TV News (GTV), State Chief, Gatluak Tut Khot said, we are at a critical juncture in the history of our State. We are poised for the new beginning. Our primary responsibility as the elected representatives of our people is to look at how far we have come and to prepare for the long and arduous road of putting this great Gambella of Ethiopia to its former glory.
This glory speaks of Gambella as the cradle of humanity and constituted the very genesis of how our people live together in harmony, Anyuak, Nure, Maganger, Oppo, Komo and Highlander, we may have different view of political ideology and culture but our value and tradition remain the same. We both should learn how to live together side by side as society with respect, trust, honest and one vision for our State. We are all African. Hatred and division will not make us grow. Political right, economical right, freedom of speech and women right stated in both regional Federal constitutions. The newly constructed regional political has proved to be conflict prone. . It should focus on how to fight natural poverty, social development, and economical development that benefit to all people. Its goal is prosperity for all.
(GPDUM): Unity is the confirmation of our party mandate. Our party was born during the most difficult period in the history of our politic. It had to challenge racism, ethnics and the ingrained prejudice that led to the dividing of our people.
We make bold to assert that this 21st Century is Gambella Century. The renewal of our party belongs to this generation. We cannot afford to fail our people, our country and the generation to come. Let the peace reign in Gambella Among other things, the vision, principles and values of the ( GPDUM) teach the cadres of this movement life-long lessons that inform us that wherever we are and whatever we do we should ensure that our actions contribute to the attainment of a free and just society, the upliftment of all our people, and the development of Gambella Region that belongs to all who live in it. This is the vision of Gambella that is democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous; State, in which all the people enjoys a better life.
Early investment in education, quality teachers, makes our kids basic economic sense. Those kids are much more likely to be well educated, have better job prospects, live healthier, contribute more to their communities and in general contribute to the general good and become tomorrow leaders.. The Government of Gambella should work with local health leaders to facilitate and educate our community how to use available health care facility. We need long-Term Economic Growth, more investors, create more jobs and more loan for small business owner to improve the quality life of ordinary poor people. Security Challenge is becoming a very critical issue in Gambella Region. We need to improve our security beyond our border and work closely with our neighbor countries.
He also expressed belief to register victory in all sectors and further strengthen development during the coming this year in the state and federal election.