European Union Election Observation Mission
Sri Lanka 2019

Press and Media

What is the mandate of the Election Observation Mission? Following an invitation from the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, the EU has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to observe the presidential election. This
Presidential elections in Sri Lanka took place on Saturday 16 November. The election campaign and process have unfolded in an overall peaceful environment, despite reports of a few violent incidents. This confirms the stability of the democratic institutions and attachment of the Sri Lankan people
"A peaceful and technically well-managed electoral process marred by an uneven playing field". Chief Observer Marisa Matias presents the preliminary statement on the mission's observation of the 16 November presidential election.
Chief Observer, Marisa Matias, meets voters on election day in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo
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EU EOM Sri Lanka preliminary statement press conference
EU EOM preliminary statement, Chief Observer's address
Full address of the Chief Observer, Marisa Matias, presenting the mission's preliminary statement to the media and guests at a news conference in Colombo on 18 November.
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EU EOM Sri Lanka preliminary statement clip 6
EU EOM Sri Lanka 2019 preliminary statement, clip highlight 6
Social media also comes under scrutiny in the preliminary statement. Here, the Chief Observer assesses its potential to distort pluralistic debate
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EU EOM Sri Lanka preliminary statement clip 5
EU EOM Sri Lanka 2019 preliminary statement, clip highlight 5
Marisa Matias, Chief Observer of the EU EOM Sri Lanka 2019, describes one aspect of the election campaign in her presentation of the preliminary statement
What is the mandate of the Election Observation Mission? Following an invitation from the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, the EU has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to observe the presidential election. This