European Union External Action

EU election observation mission to Sudan in 2011

10/01/2011 - 14:08
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At the invitation of the Government of Sudan, the European Union established a mission to observe the Southern Sudan referendum on 9 January 2011.

The EOM found the process to be efficient and well organised, with polling officials well trained. A climate of uncertainty about post-Referendum issues, and the ongoing question over the future status of Abyei, contributed to an environment in which isolated violent incidents resulted in loss of life in Abyei, South Kordofan and Unity states.

Véronique De Keyser, Member of the European Parliament, was Chief Observer.

The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.