EU deploys more election observers

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) today deployed another 56 of its observers into all corners of Zambia in preparation for the 20 September 2011 general elections. In total the mission will deploy 120 observers across the country to observe the final preparations for the polling.

The EU EOM had deployed 24 long-term observers in all nine provinces at the end of August and the 56 short-term observers have joined their colleagues in the field, and will arrive at their destinations in the next couple of days.

The observers who have just arrived and the mission’s other observers will assess the voting day, compilation of results and post-election activities, including complaints and appeals procedures.

Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Zambia 2011, Ms Maria Muñiz De Urquiza, and Member of the European Parliament (Spain) told the watchdog that she is also having a series of discussions with stakeholders in the run up to the forthcoming presidential and National Assembly elections.

The EU EOM operates in accordance with the “Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation” adopted by a number of international bodies involved in election observation in 2005 at the United Nations in New York.

Shortly after Election Day, the mission will issue a preliminary statement of its initial findings and conclusions at a press conference in Lusaka. A more comprehensive final report, including recommendations for future elections, will be published within three months of Election Day.

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