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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.