European Union External Action

Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka at a glance

09/09/2015 - 00:00
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The European Union deployed an Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to observe the 17 August 2015 Parliamentary Elections. It was the largest international election observation mission in Sri Lanka, with 85 observers — from all 28 EU member states, plus Switzerland and Norway — including a delegation of six members of the European Parliament.

Long Term Observers meeting voters / credits: Beata Oleksy

Observers were deployed across the country to all nine provinces and met with election officials, candidates, political parties, media representatives, domestic observers and voters. On Election Day, they visited polling stations and counting centres in all electoral districts to observe voting and counting. The EU EOM issued a preliminary statement on 19 August and remained in the country to observe post-election developments.

For more information on the EU EOM Sri Lanka 2015, visit