A PROCLAMATION TO PROVIDE FOR THE ELECTORAL CODE OF CONDUCT FOR POLITICAL PARTIES (Proclamation No. 662/2009)

34. Measures to be taken by the Board

Without prejudice the provision of Article 33(1) and (2) of the Proclamation and other measures enshrined in other laws, the election board may take the following measures if it is satisfied that violation under this section:

1/ Give public warning to the political party or person who committee the act.

2/ Partially of fully suspend the candidate or party from using the media for a short period of time;

3/ Prohibit the party from using the benefit of financial support provided by the government.

4/ Cancel a candidate from his candidacy depending on the gravity of the act.

5/ Suspend the political party from running for election.

35. Measures to be taken by Courts

1/ The court may take the following measures in addition to the penalties or prohibitions listed under Art 34.

2/ Without prejudice other penalties provided by law, exercising any political activity during voting day other than printing, duplicating election results or committing offences under Art 27, 28 or/and the following offence shall be punishable with fine or up to 3 years of simple imprisonment:-

a)interfering with the impartiality of election officials preventing some one from accomplishing his duty by offering bribe or promise.

b)Disseminates false information that stirs hatred or fear or unduly influence the process or result with intent to disrupt or prevent the election process from running or with intent to unduly influence the process or outcome of election.

c)Violence the secrecy of voting.

d)Violates prohibition relating to election materials and voting.

e) Disrupts the activity of the Board and election officials.

3/ Any person who violates prohibitions concerning activities of political parties, announcement of election results, voters of parties right; or makes a speech knowing that it is false or without having reasonable grounds about the truth is punishable with fine or simple imprisonment not more than 1 year.

4/ Any person who

a)intentionally disrupts or prevents the board, election official, employee of the board while exercising its responsibilities and duties;

b)intentionally commits any act to in the working place of the board so as to unduly influence the decision or order of any matter that is pending before it.

c)Intentionally commits any act to in the working place of the board so as to unduly influence the decision or order of any matter that is pending before it.

d)No order of any matter that is pending before it offences listed under at 30 and art 31 shall be punishable with fine or simple imprisonment not exceeding 1 year.

SECTION TEN

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

36. Duty to cooperate

Any health person shall have the duty cooperate in the implementation of this Proclamation.

37. Power to enact regulations and directives

The board may issue regulations or directives to ensure the implementation of this Proclamation.

38. Inapplicable Laws

Any law, or practice, shall not apply to matters covered under this Proclamation.

39. Effective Date

This Proclamation shall enter into force up on the date of publication in the Federal Negarit Gazeta.

Done at Addis Ababa, this 28th day of August, 2009

GIRMA WOLDEGIORGIS

PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA

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