THE OFFICE OF THE BOARD
- The office of the board
The board shall have office headed by one chief executive and one deputy chief executive.
- Appointment and accountability of Chief executive and
deputy chief executive of the the office of the board
1/ Chief executive and deputy chief executive of the office shall be appointed by the management board through the nomination of the chairman after assessed the fulfillment of necessary requirements indicated in article 5 of this proclamation.
2/ the chief executive of the office shall be accountable to the management board and the deputy chief executive of the office shall be accountable to the chief executive of the management board.
- powers and duties of the chief executive of the office
The chief executive of the office shall perform the following powers and duties according to the order and direction given to him by the management board and the chairman of the management board;
1/ direct the supporting activities of the board as its head
2/ facilitate, coordinate and create suitable conditions for the performance of the board’s power and responsibility
3/ prepare agenda for the meetings of the board in consultation with the management Board Chairman
4/ properly keep the minutes and other documents of the board
5/ cause the decisions of the board to be transmitted to the parties concerne6/ keep minutes of management board meetings by participating in meetings without voting rights
7/ prepare and present periodic reports to the board about the activities of the office
8/ perform other duties assigned to him by the chairman of the board
- Powers and Duties of the Deputy Chief Executive of the office
The deputy chief executive of the office shall have the following powers and duties
1/ perform activities assigned to them by the chief executive of the office
2/ act on behalf of the chief executive in his absence.
- Regional branch offices of the Board
1/ a regional branch office of the board shall be established in all regions
2/ The regional office heads shall be appointed by the management board, after recruited and Nominated by the chairman of the board, among residents of the regional state who are competent and non-partisan through directive to be issued by the management board.
3/ The management Board, taking into account the size of the regional states and the number of voters may establish permanent or temporary coordinating offices that are accountable to regional state Branch offices.
4/ the duties and responsibilities of the coordinating offices referred in sub-article (3) of this article shall be determined by the regulation to be issued by the board
- powers and duties of Regional branch Offices of the board
Each Regional Branch office of the board, in accordance with regulation and guidance from the management Board and the chairman of the management Board, and as may be necessary by the chief executive of the office, shall have the following powers and duties:
1/ direct, coordinate and Control election at the state level,
2/ submit recommendation to the office of Board about ways of organizing electoral coordinating offices to be established under it
3/ follow up and ensure that documents and materials required for the election reach the concerned electoral offices on time
4/ based on the direction of the management board and the management board member responsible for this work stream, offer and coordinate voter and civic education with other concerned bodies in accordance with the mission and directives of the board
5/ follow and Control the voter registration, nomination of candidates and voting procedures to make sure that they are conducted in accordance with the law.
6/ investigate and decide on grievances and complaints lodged at regional state levels submitted on matters provided in sub-article (5) of this article in accordance with a directive to be issued by the board
7/ Submit to the office of the Board report on the election process and results of the regional state
8/ Collect and analyze data that help the execution of elections and periodically report them to the office of the board;
9/ submit periodic reports about its work activities to the office of the board;
10/ cause the establishment of political parties’ joint forum at regional state, constituency and polling station levels in accordance with a directive to be issued by the Board, chair forum established at the regional state level;
11/ establish the Grievance hearing committee of the regional state office in accordance with the directive to be issued by the Board;
12/ perform other duties assigned to it by the chairman of the management board and the chief executive of the office of the board
BUDGET OF THE BOARD
1/ The annual budget of the board prepared by itself shall be approved by the House of Representatives.
2/ The ministry of Finance shall credit the Board’s budget to the Boards’ bank account within one month of its approval by the House of People’s Representatives.
3/ the Board may request the House of people’s representatives for the allocation of a three years budget plan.
4/ The board may accept gifts and monetary aids from third parties in accordance with relevant laws,
- Books of Accounts
1/ The Board shall keep complete and accurate books of account.
2/ The books of accounts and financial documents of the Boars shall be audited annually by the Federal Auditor General or by an auditor designated by him.
- duty to cooperate and execute
1/ Any federal or regional government body presented with a lawful request from the board has an obligation to cooperate with the board and act upon the request of the Board.
2/ Any person who by violating sub article 1 of this article impedes the election process will face administrative measures on the basis of relevant laws and principles. Additionally, such person shall be criminally liable on the basis of the electoral law.
- Transitory provision
The house of peoples representative may decide from Among the board members appointed before the enactment of this proclamation based on proclamation 532/2007 to stay in a position until their term of office is lapsed up on the request of the prime minister.
- Transfer of Rights and Duties
The Rights and duties given to the national electoral board which was established through proclamation 532/2007 are hereby transferred to the national electoral board established through this proclamation
- Power to issue regulations and directives
The Management Board may issue regulations and directives necessary to implement this proclamation
- Repealed laws
1/ Provisions of the amended electoral law proclamation number 532/1999 shall not be applicable to matters covered by this proclamation.
2/ Law and Customary practices inconsistent with this proclamation shall not be applicable on this proclamation.
- Effective date
This proclamation shall come into force upon approval by the House of People’s Representatives.
Done at Addis Ababa, this —-the day of December 2019
President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia