The 24 Long-Term Observers (LTOs) of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) have been deployed from Lusaka on Friday, 15 July. The observers will cover all ten provinces of Zambia in teams of two, and will conduct a long-term observation and assessment of all aspects of the election process.
The LTOs come from 23 different EU member states and from Norway. They arrived in Lusaka on 11 July, and participated in a three-day briefing before deploying to their areas of responsibility. During their observation, they will report back to the EU EOM’s Core Team in the capital.
Closer to election day, the EU EOM will also deploy a number of Short-Term Observers. At full strength, the EU EOM will comprise over one hundred members.
The mandate of the mission is to observe all aspects of the electoral process and to assess the extent to which the elections comply with Zambian law, as well as regional and international standards for elections. The EU EOM will work independently to offer an impartial, balanced and informed analysis of the whole electoral process.
Lusaka, 15 July