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Reflecting the European Union's long-term commitment to support democracy in the country, the EU already deployed EOMs to Malawi in 2004, 2009 and 2014, and Election Follow-up Missions in 2013 and 2017.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, has appointed Mr. Miroslav Poche, a Member of the European Parliament from the Czech Republic, as Chief Observer of the 2019 EU EOM.
The Electoral Observation Mission's core team, consisting of 8 analysts, arrived in Blantyre on 4 April and will stay in the country until the completion of the electoral process. Core team members will be joined by 28 long-term observers in mid-April and 32 short-term observers shortly before the Election Day.
The EOM is independent in its findings and conclusions. EU observers adhere to a strict code of conduct for international election observation - they maintain strict neutrality and impartiality in the course of their work and do not interfere in the electoral process.
Shortly after the Election Day, the mission will issue a preliminary statement of its findings at a press conference in Blantyre. A more comprehensive final report, including recommendations to improve future elections, will be published approximately two months after the end of the electoral process.
The EU EOM looks forward to working closely with other international and domestic observation missions.