February 06,2000

 

200 Women Candidates of Five

Political organizations Begin

Campaigning

 

Addis Ababa, Feb. 6 (WIC) – Over 200 women candidates fielded by the Oromo Peoples Democratic

Organization (OPDO), the Amhara Peoples Democratic Movement (ANDM), the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front

(TPLF), the Benishangul-Gumuz Democratic Unity Party and the Afar National Democratic Party (ANDP) have

started campaigning in their respective constituencies. According to information made available to WIC, the

contestants running for seats of both councils have begun introducing their political programmes. Out of

the 83 women candidates fielded by the OPDO, 13 are running for seats of the Council of Peoples

Representatives and 70 for the state council seats. OPDO had fielded only 3 women candidates for the

Council of Peoples Representatives and only 12 for state councils in the past election.

 

Similarly, the ANDM is now fielding 15 and 42 women candidates for the seats of the Council of Peoples

Representatives and State Councils, respectively.

 

Besides, the TPLF is fielding 46 women candidates for both council’s seats, while the Benishangul-Gumuz

Peoples Democratic Unity party fielded 11 for the state council. In a related news, the Afar Peoples

Democratic Party has fielded 3 women candidates for the state council, it was learnt.