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After a briefing in Colombo, the 30 long-term observers (LTOs) of the EU EOM Sri Lanka 2019 left the capital on Tuesday 22 October for all nine of the country's provinces to begin their observation of the 16 November presidential election.
They will observe all aspects of the electoral process in their areas, meeting a broad range of stakeholders and reporting back to the core team of nine election experts based in Colombo.
For election day they will be joined by 30 short-term observers (STOs) and by a delegation of up to seven Members of the European Parliament to observe voting, counting and tabulation and transmission of results.
The mission is led by the Chief Observer, Marisa Matias, a Member of the European Parliament from Portugal.
This is the sixth election in Sri Lanka that the European Union will have sent an observation mission to. Previous missions were in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2015.