Chief Observer Cécile Kyenge presented the preliminary statement of the EU Election Observation Mission to Zambia on 13 August at a press conference in Lusaka. The findings of the Mission's long-term observation concluded that election day was generally well-administered and peaceful, but the electoral process was marred by systematic bias in state media, and by restrictions on the campaign.
Long queues and generally peaceful environment characterized the polling stations that EU election observers visited in the early morning of election day. Chief Observer Cecily Kyenge said the huge number of people at the polling stations shows that Zambians understand the importance of elections, and they value their democratic rights.
Chief Observer Cecile Kyenge introduced the EU Election Observation Mission to Zambia at a press conference in Lusaka. The Chief Observer highlighted the importance of peaceful elections, but added that her team is in Zambia to observe all aspects of the electoral process, and to provide a comprehensive, independent and impartial analysis of the electoral process to the Zambian people.
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.