Wednesday, 15 July 2015 - 13:18
Commonwealth and European Union's consent to observe General Election
The Election Commissioner invited 3 foreign election monitoring organizations to come to Sri Lanka to monitor the forthcoming General Election.
Additional Election Commissioner M.M. Mohammed stated that officials of the European Union Elections Commission, Commonwealth Election monitoring officers and South Asian Election Management officers’ Guild have been informed to join the election monitoring.
Among them European Union officials and Commonwealth monitoring officers have confirmed that they would join the monitoring activities.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, has appointed Cristian Preda, Member of the European Parliament, to lead the Election Observers Mission as Chief Observer.
The EU Election Observation Mission will consist of a Core Team of eight election analysts, and 18 Long-Term Observers,who will be deployed to all Sri Lankan Provinces, plus 28Short Term Observers deployed shortly before Election Day.
Shortly after Election Day, the mission will issue a preliminary statement of its findings at a press conference in Colombo.
A final report, including recommendations for future electoral processes, will be presented at a later stage.