EU gathers information on polls related incidents

European Union election observers have begun gathering information on incidents related to the Presidential election reported today.

The Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observer Mission (EU EOM) Marisa Matias told reporters today that the EU EOM will gather information from their observers around the country and present its findings on Monday.

She said that the EU EOM will not make any determination before the election ends.

Matias also stressed on the importance of a free and fair election, free of any violence.

She said that the EU EOM observers placed at polling centres around the country will observe the voting process and make their observations later.

In response to an invitation by the Election Commission, the European Union has deployed an EU Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka to observe the presidential election.

The EU has a long history of accompanying the electoral process in Sri Lanka and has deployed EOMs on five previous occasions, the last in 2015, which the EU says reflects the EU’s long-term commitment and partnership with Sri Lanka.

The Election Observation Mission core team of nine EU election analysts arrived in Colombo on 5 October and will stay in the country until the completion of the electoral process.

The core team was joined by 30 long-term observers who were deployed across the country, and for the election week have been joined by additional 30 short-term observers.

Shortly after Election Day, the mission will issue a preliminary statement and hold a press conference in Colombo.

A final report, including recommendations for future electoral processes, will be presented at a later stage, after the finalisation of the electoral process. (Colombo Gazette)

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