The law governing election registration and related conduct of political parties is called the "Ethiopian Electoral, Political Parties Registration and Electoral Code of Conduct No. 1162/2011". This law came into force on the 24th of August 2019 by repealing and consolidating into one comprehensive legal document three separate laws, namely the Electoral Law of Ethiopia Proclamation No. 532/2007, Political Parties Registration Proclamation No. 573/2008 and Electoral Code of Conduct for Political Parties Proclamation No. 662/2009.
The new election law came to be revised with the view to ensure the participation of every Ethiopian in an all-inclusive, fair, and peaceful elections held at every level on the basis of equal popular suffrage in which Ethiopians freely express their will in a secret ballot, to enable political parties with different views to participate by expressing their opinions to the electorate in a lawful and peaceful manner, to enable the people to elect their representatives based on informed decisions and free expression of their will, and to regulate the institutions and procedures for managing administrative and judicial disputes in during the electoral process. The law contains different parts that emphasize on principles of elections, political parties, election observers and voter educations, grievance and disputes arising in elections and elections code of conduct.