Following the invitation by the Honduran authorities, the European Union is deploying an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Honduras to observe the presidential, legislative and municipal and PARLACEN (Central American Parliament) elections, due to take place on 26 November. Reflecting the European Union's long-term commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country, the EU has already deployed an EOM to Honduras in 2013 as well as an Electoral follow-up mission in 2015.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, has appointed Ms. Marisa Matias,Member of the European Parliament, as Chief Observer.
The High Representative stated: "The forthcoming elections in Honduras will be a key moment to further consolidate democracy in the country. Under the leadership of Chief Observer Matias, I am confident that the EU EOM will make an important contribution to this electoral process".
The Chief Observer, Ms. Marisa Matias, declared: "I am honoured to lead the EU Election Observation Mission to Honduras. I trust all stakeholders will contribute to ensure that the upcoming elections will be peaceful, inclusive transparent and credible"
The Electoral Observation Mission's core team, consisting of ten EU election analysts, arrived in Honduras on 11 October. The team will stay in the country until the completion of the electoral process, as well as prepare a comprehensive final report. As from 22 Octoberthe core team will be joined by 22 long-term observers who will be deployed across the country. A further 40 short-term observers will be deployed on 21 November. The EU EOM looks forward to cooperate with other international and domestic observation missions.
Shortly after the completion of the elections, the mission will issue a preliminary statement of its findings at a press conference in Tegucigalpa. A final report, including recommendations for future electoral processes, will be presented at a later stage, after the finalization of the whole electoral process.