European Union External Action

EU election observation mission to Sri Lanka in 2015

25/08/2015 - 12:46
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Following an invitation from the Sri Lankan authorities, the European Union deployed an Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to observe the Parliamentary Elections scheduled for 17 August 2015. The mission is led by Chief Observer Cristian Preda, a Member of the European Parliament.

The mission comprises more than 80 observers from EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland. Observers were deployed throughout the country to follow the electoral process and to meet with government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society and media representatives.

The EU EOM's assessment of the electoral process is independent of any EU institution or Member State. Its purpose is to offer an impartial assessment of the elections and their compliance with Sri Lanka's international and regional commitments with regard to elections, as well as with Sri Lankan law.

The EU EOM operates in accordance with the United Nations' 2005 ‘Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and the EU Code of Conduct for Observers' that requires them to maintain strict impartiality and neutrality, and to abide by Sri Lankan law.

The EU EOM issued a preliminary statement on 19 August in a press conference in Colombo, and a final report with recommendations for future elections will be published in the following months.