The National Election Board of Ethiopia has carried out the distribution of publications on civic education and elections in public libraries and various institutions
It is known that the National Election Board of Ethiopia has the authority given by the board's establishment proclamation 1133/2018 to provide and coordinate civic and voter education in consultation with the relevant stakeholders. This is done by making use of various options for voters to gain sufficient election-related awareness, i.e. through printing (leaflets, booklets, brochures and other options) and preparing messages that create awareness and by placing them in educational institutions, libraries and governmental and non-governmental institutions to make them accessible to citizens. In order to fulfill the above-mentioned responsibility, the Civic and Voter Education Department of the Board is preparing and distributing the awareness raising publications in various languages including Braille.
The Civic and Voter Education Department of the Board has prepared five types of brochures in Amharic, Afan Oromo, Afar, Somali, and Sidama languages which focus on democracy and democratic building process, election and election-related issues such as "What kind of electoral system does Ethiopia follow?", "Election in Ethiopia", "Peaceful election in Ethiopia", "Democracy and democratic system", as well as "Electoral process". In addition, about 28 magazines (booklets) containing messages about democracy and elections under the title 'Election in Ethiopia' have been included.
In addition to the above-mentioned publications, the department is distributing "The Ethiopian Election, Registration of Political Parties and Election Ethics proclamation No. 1162/2018" which had been prepared in braille in collaboration with the Gender and Social Inclusion and External Relations Departments of the board.
From September 2 to October 30, 2023, the Civic and Voter Education Department of the Board has distributed election and civic education related publications to 77 different library centers and various institutions in Addis Ababa. A total of 12,700 brochures, 1,980 magazines (booklets), 1,620 of them worked on the "Ethiopia Election, Registration of Political Parties and Election Ethics proclamation 1162/2018" have been distributed. It was possible to make this proclamation, which was prepared in two sections in Braille, accessible to more than eighty institutions. Further outreach activities will be conducted in other institutions and regions accordingly.