Ivory Coast: EU to observe the presidential elections

EU The European Commission is deploying an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the presidential elections in Ivory Coast, scheduled to take place on 31 October 2010.

Led by Cristian Dan Preda, Member of the European Parliament, the 120 observers will assess pre-election preparations and campaign all over Ivory Coast, voting, counting and tabulation of the results of the Election Day, as well as the post-election period. A first Team of experts arrived in the country on 7 October. The experts will be joined by a first wave of Long Term Observers (LTOs) and a second wave of Short Term Observers (STOs). In addition, the mission will be reinforced by a delegation of Members of the European Parliament for the election period.

The EOM will issue a preliminary statement after the polling day and once the entire process is over, a comprehensive assessment and recommendations, all based on observation of exhaustive facts and information. Therefore, the mission will stay in the country after the elections the post election period is closed. The EU EOM is one of the largest international observer group in Ivory Coast for these elections. The EU also contributed to the technical preparation of the elections and provided financial support of over € 40 million.

Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said:

“The forthcoming elections are an important step of the peace process in the Ivory Coast and corner stone in consolidating democracy.

These elections represent a great challenge, since they have been postponed several times and will be the first presidential elections in Ivory Coast in 10 years.

I strongly hope that the electoral environment will be conducive to peaceful elections and that Ivoirian voters will be able to express themselves in a serene atmosphere. I also believe that the presence of observers can contribute to build confidence in these elections.

I stress that the EU EOM role is not to validate candidacies and results but to assess the election process against international standards for genuine and democratic elections. I

I am convinced that with the lead of Cristian Dan Preda and good cooperation with the Ivorian authorities, this EOM will successfully achieve its mandate”.

For additional information see the website of the EU EOM.

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