28 EU observers redeployed in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Oct 15, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
A group of 28 European Union
long- term observers from 22 member states and Norway are to be
deployed throughout Sierra Leone Monday, a press statement said
According to the statement, the observers arrived in the Sierra
Leonean capital Freetown last weekend to observe the forthcoming
presidential, parliamentary and Local Council elections in the
West African country.
After three days of comprehensive briefing, the EU observers
are being deployed to all 14 districts of Sierra Leone.
Over the next weeks, the observers will meet with election
officials, candidates and representatives of civil society and
report their observations back to Freetown.
A group of 50 short-term observers due on the election day will
also be briefed in Freetown and deployed across the country.
A delegation of seven members of the European Parliament will
also be joining the mission nearer the election day to observe
vote counting and the tabulation of results.
EU election observers are bound by a strict code of conduct
that enhances their neutrality and impartiality. They do not
interfere in the electoral process and have no authority to change
or correct any shortcomings or to request charges during the
After the election day, the EU Election Observation Mission
will issue a statement on its preliminary findings and conclusions
and a final report will be issued at a later stage.
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