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EU EOM Honduras 2017: Long-term observers, essential work for the Mission

28/10/2017 - 00:58
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A team of 22 long-term observers from the European Union (EU) is in Honduras distributed amongst the different departments in the country to observe the November 26th elections. EU's long broad trajectory has led to sending some 150 international observer missions to different countries, and is the second time that a mission stands out in this Central American nation with a long-term contingent.

The important assignment that the long-term observers perform is essential for the core team based in Tegucigalpa. Before beginning their tasks, the observers follow a two-day training in the capital on electoral, legal, political context and media issues related to the general elections. 

On Wednesday October 24th, the 22 observers traveled inland to begin assigned work, but before traveling, long-term observers Egerin Esico and Peter Kramer shared some impressions. "We have to conduct many interviews. We are going to see the whole process", said Esico.

"Many of the observers involved in the current Mission also participated in the 2013 EU Election Observation Mission and have now shared their experience with us. The experience is very interesting", said Kramer.

Long-term observers will assess the campaign period, election day and will come back to Tegucigalpa few days after elections.

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