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Since 1998, the EU has deployed four full Election Observation Missions (EOMs) to Cambodia, for the National Assembly Elections of 1998, 2003 and 2008 and for the first-ever Commune Council Elections of 2002. For the July 2013 National Assembly Elections the EU deployed a two-person Expert Mission (EEM) to follow the electoral process, largely as it was felt that inadequate progress had been made in addressing the concerns and recommendations made in 2008.
In line with a relatively new methodological development the EU is increasing its focus on follow-up to the findings of EOMs and EEMs in order to maximise the overall impact of the findings of respective missions and also to raise awareness of critical issues in the period between elections and further illustrate the EU’s interest in electoral reform and its position as a potential partner.
The Election Follow-Up Mission (EFM) to Cambodia was conducted during May 2015.