European Union External Action

EU election observation mission to Sri Lanka in 2005

17/11/2005 - 10:25
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At the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka, the European Union established a mission to observe the presidential elections there on 17 November 2005.

Although the election process proceeded satisfactorily in the south of the country, polling day in the north and east was marred by violence and intimidation. The LTTE enforced a boycott which had a devastating effect on voting in Tamil areas.

John Walls Cushnahan, an Irish member of the European Parliament, was Chief Observer. He noted that none of the key recommendations of the previous three missions to strengthen the democratic process had been implemented.

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