Delayed elections are being held in four regions of Ethiopia on Thursday.
Voters in three regions will decide who will win dozens of parliamentary seats in the final round of voting before Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed forms a new government on October 4.
The voters of the fourth region will decide whether to establish their own regional state or not.
Parliamentary elections are being held in the Somali region, the eastern city of Harar and the South-Western Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR).
In the SNNPR, voters are also deciding whether to create a regional state or not.
The elections were delayed due to various types of voter registration irregularities, legal disputes and security issues.
Abi is facing increasing global pressure over the war in the northern region of the Tigre. Conflict broke out in November 2020 between federal and allied regional forces and forces backed by the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front.
Ethiopia’s parliament has 547 seats, 47 of which are being contested. Abiy’s party had previously won 410 of the 436 parliamentary seats it contested in the June election. It is uncertain when elections will be held for the remaining seats, some of which are in Tigre.
After months of fighting, the TPLF recaptured Tigre in June. The United Nations has said that some parts of the Tigre are facing famine because of the war.
(Information in this article has been obtained from Reuters and AFP.)