EU/Guinea – European Union Deploys Election Observation Mission

European Union Deploys Election Observation Mission for Presidential elections in Guinea on 27 June
An EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) is being deployed for the next presidential elections in the Republic of Guinea scheduled to take place on 27 June 2010. Led by Mr Alexander Lambsdorff, Member of the European Parliament, the EU EOM is a contribution by the European Union to strengthening democratization process in The Guinea.

Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Commission Vice-President said:

“The forthcoming presidential elections represent a crucial opportunity in the democratisation process of Guinea. It is in this context that I have decided to accept the invitation of the Guinean government to deploy an EU EOM for the 2010 elections. The role of this EU EOM is to observe whether the elections take place in a transparent and credible manner in accordance with international standards for democratic elections.”

The EU EOM consists of a Chief Observer and seven experts deployed on May 27. 23 long-term observers and 40 short-term observers will be then deployed throughout the country to observe election procedures before, during and after the elections. The mission will remain in the country until August 2010.

The EU EOM will operate in accordance with the “Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation”, commemorated at the United Nations in October 2005. The EU EOM will stay in the country after the elections to assess the post-election period. The European Commission has made available more than € 4.3 million from the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), for this mission.

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