Colombo, Oct 23 (BAN/ AD): On Tuesday the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to presidential election was launched.
The team consists of 30 members of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) had briefing in Colombo and were deployed to all nine provinces for observation of the 16 November presidential election. National Election Commission has formally invited EU EOM.
The mission headed by Chief Observer, Marisa Matias, a Member of the European Parliament from Portugal. She said “The presidential election marks an important stage in Sri Lanka’s democratic process and I very much hope our presence will contribute to its transparency.”
This is the EU’s sixth election observation mission in the country. It has previously deployed missions to observe the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2015.
The core team of nine experts arrived in Colombo on 11 October. The EU EOM will carry out a comprehensive election assessment, focusing on the legal framework, electoral administration, voter registration, campaigning, conduct of the media, including social media, voting, counting and tallying, and the transmission of results.