House approves draft bills developed to amend Defense Forces Proclamation, establish Border and Identity Commission

Addis Ababa, December 20, 2018 (FBC) – The House of People’s
Representatives (HPR) today approved the draft bills developed to amend
the Defence Forces Proclamation and to establish an Administrative
Boundaries and Identity Issues Commission.

The House approved the draft bill to amend the Defence Forces Proclamation with majority vote and one vote against.

Similarly, the House approved the draft bill to establish an
Administrative Boundaries and Identity Issues Commission with majority
vote, 33 against, and four abstentions.

The establishment of the Commission is required to solve issues of
administrative boundaries and identity questions that repeatedly occur
between regions, it was noted.

Powers and duties of the commission:

  • provide alternative recommendations to the House of the Federation
    and the Prime Minister by studying any problems and conflict that are
    related to the administrative boundaries demarcation and issues of
    identity.
  • Provide recommendations to the House of the Federation on amendments
    actions that has to be taken to promote and consolidate unity of
    peoples based on equality and their mutual consent.
  • Provide recommendations, for the continued determination and
    alteration of administrative boundary decisions, to the House of the
    Federation, to the House of People’s Representatives and to the Prime
    minister, in order to expand appropriate constitutional principles,
    transparency and efficient system or amendment of laws.
  • Present recommendations to the House of the Federation for
    consideration, where by investigating administrative boundaries
    controversies which are directed to it from the House of the Federation,
    the House of Peoples’ Representatives and the Prime minister.
  • Facilitate ways in which Conflicts arise over administrative
    boundaries have been resolved, the renewal and strengthen of good
    relations between neighboring regions.
  • Provide recommendations to the House of the Federation, the House of
    People’s Representatives and the Prime minister on the measures that
    has to be taken to make administrative boundaries is not further cause
    of conflicts.
  • Initiate the policy framework of administrative boundaries to make
    the administrative boundaries and their area of well-being for
    development and commerce.
  • Collect public opinion on issues of administrative boundaries.
  • Collect opinion and inputs for the study from regional and federal officials, political parties, and other stakeholders.
  • Prepare strategy and detailed plan that show the process of
    gathering public input and feedback, which ensures that the process
    includes all sections of the community.

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