EU election monitors in Sri Lanka to keep an eye on November Presidential elections. EU election monitors in Sri Lanka to keep an eye on November Presidential elections. “The European Commission is deploying an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the presidential election scheduled to take place on 17 November following an invitation from the Government of Sri Lanka,” said a statement from the European Commission local office on Wednesday.
The EU is one of the four Co-Chairs of the peace process in Sri Lanka and a major donor for development and reconstruction of the conflict-affected areas in the North and East.
“It is crucial for the peace process in Sri Lanka that the forthcoming elections are seen as credible by all communities,” said Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Benita Ferrero-Waldner.
“Our presence with long- and short-term observers will contribute to this goal,” said the Commissioner.
“As a Co-Chair of the peace process and a major partner in tsunami and conflict reconstruction, it is essential in my underst