PRISTINA, 15 September 2017 - Alojz Peterle, Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Kosovo and Member of the European Parliament from Slovenia, officially launched the EU’s mission to observe the municipal and mayoral elections of 22 October 2017.
During a press conference launching the Final Report of the EU EOM for the legislative elections, Chief Observer Alojz Peterle remarked, “I am pleased to continue in my role as Chief Observer for the new EU Election Observation Mission to observe the municipal and mayoral elections in Kosovo, which officially starts its work today.”
“The new Mission will include many of the same team members from the previous Mission and will follow the same format and methodology.”
A core team of eight EU election analysts will stay in Kosovo until the completion of the electoral process to conduct a comprehensive assessment. The Mission’s mandate is to observe all aspects of the electoral process and assess the extent to which the election complies with domestic legislation, as well as with international and European standards for elections.
In the week of the 18th of September, the core team will be joined by 20 long-term observers, who will be deployed across Kosovo in teams of two.
Closer to Election Day, the core team and 20 long-term observers will be joined by 42 short- term observers and locally recruited short-term observers from different EU Member States as well as Norway and Switzerland, bringing the Mission's likely total strength to around 100.
All EU EOM observers are bound by a code of conduct, which requires strict neutrality and impartiality.
Shortly after Election Day, the Mission will issue a Preliminary Statement of its findings at a press conference in Pristina. A Final Report, including recommendations for future electoral processes, will be presented at a later stage, after the finalization of the entire electoral process.
The EU EOM and the EU Office/EU Special Representative in Kosovo operate independently under their specific mandates.