EUROPEAN UNION ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION KOSOVO – MUNICIPAL AND MAYORAL ELECTIONS 2017
PRESS RELEASE: EUEOM/2017/02
EU Election Observation Mission deploys 20 Long-Term Observers to the field
Pristina, 22 September 2017 – Deputy Chief Observer Marian Gabriel bid farewell to 20 long-term observers (LTOs), who departed this morning from the European Union Election Observation Mission’s (EU EOM) headquarters in Pristina to their respective areas of observation across all municipalities in Kosovo.
“Our role is to carry out a comprehensive observation of the entire election process in all parts of Kosovo. In addition to a Core Team of eight experts based in Pristina, 20 long-term observers will be deployed in teams of two across Kosovo to observe the election process in all 38 municipalities, helping us to collect reliable information”, said Marian Gabriel, Deputy Chief Observer at the LTOs' departure.
“In accordance with the EU standard observation methodology it is important to a have long-term, Kosovo-wide approach enabling a full and comprehensive analysis.”
Observers will meet local and electoral officials, representatives from political parties, the judiciary, civil society organizations and the media; their observation will focus on campaign activities of the candidates and political parties, the coverage of the media and the preparations for polling.
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.
The EU Election Observation Mission in Kosovo was established on 12 September 2017 to observe the Municipal and Mayoral Elections scheduled to take place on 22 October 2017 and is led by Chief Observer Alojz Peterle, a member of the European Parliament from Slovenia.
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.
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