An inquiry committee set up by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (Nebe) has confirmed the house arrest of the chairman of the opposition Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Dawud Ibsa since May 2021.
Security agents have surrounded Mr. Dawud’s residence and are preventing visits to the president, according to reports.
Mr Dawud and his OLF rebels returned home from their base in neighbouring Eritrea after signing a peace agreement with the Ethiopian government in August 2018.
The party boycotted last year’s general election, alleging that some of its key officials were in jail.
It also accuses the federal Oromia Regional State security forces of shuting down some of its offices making it hard for it to prepare for the elections.
Nebe described the arrest as “unacceptable” and has demanded his immediate release.