At the invitation of the Government of Niger, the European Union established a mission to observe the presidential elections there on 31 January, and the legislative elections on 12 March 2011.
The elections were held in a calm and transparent manner. Santiago Fisas Ayxela, Member of the European Parliament, was Chief Observer.
The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.