…For Tuesday’s Elections
The European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) to
Liberia has deployed 34 short-term observers (STOs) together with additional 12 observers from diplomatic representations of EU member states in Liberia.
The observers will join 20 long-term observers (LTOs) who have been in Liberia since the middle of September, bringing the total number of EU observers to Liberia to 81.
“Our teams have been observing the electoral process for over a month now,” EUEOM said in a statement issued over the weekend.
The statement quotes Chief Observer Maria Arena as saying LTOs have engaged with all 19 Magisterial Election Offices and have held meetings in 56 out of 73 Electoral Districts to date.
Madam Arena said they were deploying large number of short-term observers to have more eyes in the field, to be able to follow election day in numerous polling places in all 15 counties, and to get a reliable picture about how voting, counting and tabulation has been conducted.
She said on the election day, EU observers will follow all election-related activities at various polling places and voting precincts across all counties.
“They will observe the opening of polling places, and will assess the electoral environment in which the election takes place. They will observe the implementation of the voting procedures, including compliance with Liberian laws, and whether the right to vote and the right to a secret ballot are enjoyed in practice,” she said.
Madam Arena said after the closure of voting, the observers will follow the counting, result-tabulation process, paying attention to whether there is a transparent, accurate and prompt transfer, tabulation and publication of results.
“The EU Election Observation Mission is here to observe the whole electoral process. We will not validate any result but we focus on the quality of the election process. Our Code of Conduct requires all EU Observer to maintain strict neutrality and impartiality, she indicated.
Madam Arena: “They are not allowed to interfere in the electoral process in any way: this means that while they may bring irregularities to the attention of the election officials, they are not allowed to give instructions to them.”
According to her, the Mission´s initial findings will be delivered in a preliminary statement, which will be presented at a press conference shortly after election day, and a final report that will also include recommendations will be presented at a later stage.