European Union Election Observation Mission
Republic of Zambia, 2016

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An EU Election Follow-up Mission (EFM) was deployed from 27 May to 19 June in Zambia and was led by Cecile Kyenge, former Chief Observer of the 2016 EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM). The EFM assessed the status of implementation of the recommendations of the EOM based on extensive consultations of the Zambian institutions, civil society organisations, religious organisations, political parties and personalities from across the political spectrum.

Before leaving the country on 15 June 2019, Cecile Kyenge, Chief of the Electoral Follow-up Mission (EFM) to Zambia emphasized that "2021 is not so far away, and it is important to provide legal certainty for the elections: at the same time, this implies broad ownership of the electoral framework across society, to guarantee its successful implementation and acceptance of the outcome of the process." The report also highlights how additional consultations as well as relevant institutions could further enhance implementation of the recommendations and the integrity of the electoral process.

All observers of the EU Election Observation Mission are bound by a strict Code of Conduct that ensures their neutrality and impartiality during their work.

The brochure "Beyond Election Day: Best practices for follow-up to EU Election Observation Missions" was launched at the European Development Days on 8 June 2017 in Brussels.

On 11 August 2016, the Republic of Zambia held its sixth general elections since the reintroduction of multi-party democracy in late 1990. Following an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Zambia and the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) was present in Zambia from 29 June to 12 September 2016. The Mission was led by Chief Observer Cécile Kyenge, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). In total, the EU EOM deployed across the country 124 observers
from the 28 EU Member States, as well as from Norway and Canada, to assess the entire electoral process in accordance with international and regional commitments for genuine and transparent elections and the laws of Zambia.

On 11 August 2016, the Republic of Zambia held its sixth general elections since the reintroduction of multi-party democracy in late 1990. Following an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Zambia and the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) was present in Zambia from 29 June to 12 September 2016. The Mission was led by Chief Observer Cécile Kyenge, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). In total, the EU EOM deployed across the country 124 observers
from the 28 EU Member States, as well as from Norway and Canada, to assess the entire electoral process in accordance with international and regional commitments for genuine and transparent elections and the laws of Zambia.

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) for Zambia’s 2016 general elections published today its Final Report, comprising an assessment of the electoral process and offering 33 recommendations for reforms to improve future electoral processes in Zambia.

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