Following an invitation from the President of Guyana, the European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission for the General and Regional Elections scheduled for 2 March 2020. The Mission's mandate is to observe all aspects of the electoral process and asssess the extent to which it complies with Guyanese law, as well as with international standards for elections.
The Election Observation Mission to Guyana is led by Chief Observer Urmas Paet, a Member of the European Parliament and will comprise aroud 50 observers from different EU Member States as well as Norway.
A core team of nine analysts has been based in Georgetown since 24 January, covering electoral, legal, political and media issues. Fourteen long-term observers will be deployed on 4 February to cover all regions.
Shortly before election day, they will be joined by 20 short-term observers. On election day the mission will be reinforced by locally recruited observer from Diplomatic missions.
Urmas Paet has been a member of the European Parliament as of November 2014. He specializes in foreign and security policies. Before joining the European Parliament, Urmas Paet was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.