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1973 Ethiopian general election

Summary
General elections were held in Ethiopia between 23 June and 7 July 1973, to elect all 250 members of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Imperial Parliament (the upper house, the Senate, consisted of 125 senators appointed by the Emperor). These were the last elections to be held under imperial rule in Ethiopia. The elections were called after the parliament elected in 1969 was dissolved. Prior to the dissolution of the old parliament, the Emperor Haile Selassie had put forward a proposal for land reform, including a new system of land taxation. Since no political parties were allowed per the 1955 constitution, only independent candidates contested the polls. All Ethiopian citizens aged 21 years and above were eligible to vote. In total the number of registered voters numbered around 7.3 million. Some 4,234,000 registered voters took part in the polls. The highest voter turnout (around 66%) was noted amongst the younge
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