Ethiopia's northern Tigray area held local decisions on Wednesday, challenging the government and expanding political pressures in Africa's second-most crowded nation.
Tigray authorities, holding surveys for the 190-seat provincial parliament, cautioned that any mediation by the government would add up to a "revelation of war".
They had a problem with the delay of the public and local decisions, initially planned for August, in view of the Covid pandemic and the expansion of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's time in office.
"The vote went quite well, starting at now 85 percent of enlisted electors had projected their polling forms," said Getachew Reda, representative of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which for a long time was the main party in the area and is relied upon to increase a lion's share, tested by Abiy's Prosperity Party and the new Tigray Independence Party.
Getachew said results will be reported by September 13.