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European Union Election Observation Mission to Jordan deploys 40 short-term observers – 108 observers in total to observe on Election Day

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan deployed today 40 short-term observers throughout the country. This group is the third contingent, following a core team of 9 analysts (deployed from 13 August 2016) and 26 long-term observers, who have arrived in Jordan on 20 August 2016.

“The short-term observers will be deployed across the Governorates of Jordan, in both urban and rural areas. Together with the other EU EOM observers, they will be the eyes and the ears of the mission on election day during polling, counting and tabulation of results” said Deputy Chief Observer Nikolai VULCHANOV.

Prior to their deployment, the short-term observers received a two-day in depth briefing in Amman on the electoral background, voting procedures, the political environment and other topics.

The short-term observers will observe together with a Delegation of the European Parliament and EU diplomats. In total the EU EOM deploys on election day 108 observers from all 28 EU member states as well as Norway, Switzerland and Canada. The EU EOM is led by Chief Observer Jo LEINEN, a Member of the European Parliament from Germany.

“The EU EOM observers will be visiting many polling stations from the opening to the closing of the polls” said Mr Vulchanov, stressing that the EU EOM is independent, neutral and will not interfere in the electoral process.

“The EU EOM’s analysis includes aspects such as the legal framework, the work of the election administration, the campaign activities of the candidates and political parties, the conduct of the media, the voting, counting and tabulation of results and their announcement by the IEC, the resolution of election related disputes” elaborated the Deputy Chief Observer further.

The EU EOM will issue a preliminary statement on its findings on 22 September at 11:00, at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Amman. A final report - with recommendations for future elections - will be published within two months from the completion of the electoral process.

Note to Editors: The European Union (EU) was invited to deploy an observation mission by the Jordanian Independent Election Commission. The EU EOM is independent from any EU institutions or Member States or government institution and is committed to remain neutral and abide by the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and the Code of Conduct, as well as the Jordanian laws.