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The mission, which comprised a core team, long-term observers and short-term observers from EU Member States, was led by Judith Sargentini, a Member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands. The observers were deployed throughout the country and interacted with government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives, the media and Tanzanian voters.
Their mandate was to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the electoral process and to verify its compliance with domestic laws and regional and international commitments for democratic elections to which Tanzania has subscribed.