Pristina, 16 September 2021
The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Kosovo deployed 22 observers today (16 September) to begin long-term observation of the municipal elections, scheduled for 17 October.
The EU EOM, led by Chief Observer Lukas Mandl, Member of the European Parliament from Austria, started its activities in Pristina on 5 September with the arrival of a Core team of 10 experts.
At the long-term observers’ departure near the EOM Headquarters in Pristina, the mission’s Deputy Chief Observer, Konrad Olszewski, said: “Today we are deploying 11 teams of long-term observers, each with two members, who will assess the campaign and preparations for the elections in all municipalities across Kosovo. Long-term observers are instrumental for the mission’s conduct of a full and comprehensive assessment of the electoral process in line with the EU’s standard election observation methodology”.
The long-term observers come from 19 countries, half of them are women. They will meet local election officials, candidates and representatives from political parties as well as civil society and local media.
The mission will be reinforced with short-term observers around election day to ensure that a significant number of polling stations are visited. The EU EOM will remain in Kosovo until the completion of the electoral process, including for the possible second round of mayoral elections on 14 November.
The EU EOM is bound by a code of conduct which requires strict neutrality and non-interference. The Mission operates under a separate and distinct mandate from that of the European Commission and other EU institutions in Kosovo. It undertakes its work in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation. EU EOM observers also adhere to all procedures and regulations set by the Kosovo authorities related to COVID-19 pandemic.
For further information, please contact the press officer of the EU EOM Kosovo 2021.
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