EU election observers for Sudanâ?s polls

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has set up an election ob server team to witness Sudanâ?s historic presidential elections to be held 11 April.
The EU said Thursday it put in place the election observer mission to Sudan foll owing an invitation from the National Elections Commission and the Government of Sudan.
A Belgian member of the European Parliament, Veronique De Keyser, is the Chief O bserver of the EU Observation Mission to Sudan, which will comprise over 130 observers from 22 different EU countries, as well as Norway, S witzerland and Canada.
The EU observers will be deployed to all of the 25 states in Sudan.
They will be meeting government and electoral officials, candidates and representatives from political parties, and with civil society and the media , the EU said in a statement.
â?It is a great privilege to be here in Sudan and lead the European Union Elect ion Observation Mission to this country,â? said De Keyser.
The team will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the electoral process based on a long-term observation and a methodology developed by the EU over many years.
This analysis will include aspects such as the legal framework, the work of the election administration, the role of State institutions and civil society, the campaign activities, the conduct of the media, the voting and the counting, the complaints and appeals process and the announcement of the results, the EU statement explained.
â?I hope these elections will turn a new page and bring a peaceful future to th e Sudanese people.
It is important that citizens can exercise their right to vote and that candidates are able to campaign freely in an inclusive democratic environment,â? said de Keyser.
The EU said the purpose of this mission, independent from any EU institutions or members states, is to offer an impartial assessment of the elections according to international and regional standards for democratic e lections, as well as to Sudanese law.
The mission will issue a preliminary statement shortly after elections day, and a final report - with technical recommendations for future elections- will be published later.
â?The members of the mission will remain neutral and abide by the EU election o bservation code of conduct and Sudanese laws,â? the EU pledged.
The mission is funded by a special EU budget aimed at supporting human rights an d democracy.

12 march 2010 11:40:00




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