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The Electoral Follow-up Mission (EFM) of the European Union (EU) has concluded its visit to the Republic of Zambia. The EFM was led by Mrs. Cecile Kyenge, Member of the European Parliament, supported by two electoral experts and two EU officials.
Mrs Kyenge served as the Chief Observer of the EU Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) to Zambia in 2016, which was established following an invitation from the Government of Zambia. The mandate of the mission was to observe independently all aspects of the electoral process and to offer an impartial, balanced and informed recommendations based on the Zambian law, as well as regional and international standards for elections.
The principal objective of the 2019 EFM to Zambia was to assess the continuous relevance and status of implementation of EU EOM recommendations. During her stay in Zambia, from 9 to 14 June 2019, Mrs Kyenge, met and exchanged with a wide range of national stakeholders.Mrs. Kyenge set out her preliminary findings in Lusaka this morning, following a technical round table discussion: “I want to express my appreciation for the availability and openness of all those we met, which testifies to the timeliness of this EFM. I welcome the continued commitment of Zambian stakeholders to implementation of the recommendations of the EU EOM report on the 2016 elections.
2021 is not so far away, and it is important to provide legal certainty to those managing, participating and voting in the elections: at the same time, this implies broad ownership of the electoral framework across society, to guarantee its successful implementation. I want to reiterate our readiness to accompany Zambia to ensure the achievement of inclusive, credible and transparent elections and a further deepening of democracy.”
A comprehensive EFM Final Report will be published in the next months. The EU Election Observation and its Follow-up Mission operate in accordance with the “Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation” adopted in 2005 at the United Nations.