The campaign and vote of the local and legislative elections held in Equatorial Guinea this month took place in a largely orderly and calm atmosphere. At the same time, the two opposition electoral lists denounced serious irregularities. Morever, long-standing restrictions on internet and communication systems were enforced.
The EU supports the African Union’s call to preserve equal conditions and fair competition between political parties in order to make progress towards democratic consolidation, as highlighted in the preliminary statement of its observation mission.
The results proclaimed on 20 November imply a further restriction of the already narrow political space granted to legal opposition parties, which is in contradiction to the intentions agreed at the National Dialogue Table held in 2014.
The European Union expects Equatorial Guinean authorities to make all necessary efforts to ensure compliance with democracy and human rights, international norms and standards. This is particularly relevant at a time when the country is preparing to take up a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council.