EU deploys 32 long-term election observers

 EU deploys 32 long-term election observers

By MAIMBO MWEEMBA
The European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission has deployed 32 long term Observers across all ten provinces in Zambia.

Deputy Chief Observer Dimitra Ioannou says the observers will meet with local and electoral officials, representatives from political parties and candidates among others.

Ms Ioannou added that their observation will focus on campaign activities, electoral preparations and the arrangements for the polling day.

“The long-term observers will be joined by short term observers from different EU member states bringing the total strength to around 70, the role of the EU Election observation Mission are to carry out a comprehensive observation of the entire electoral process in all districts of Zambia,” she said.

Ms Ioannou said the Mission will issue a preliminary statement of their findings shortly after Election Day and that a final report will be presented at a later stage after the conclusion of the entire electoral process.

She said the role of the EU Election Observation Mission is to carry out a comprehensive observation of the entire electoral process in all districts of Zambia.

She was speaking before flagging off the departure of the observers in Lusaka.

The EU Election Observation Mission will be led by Chief Observer Maria Arena, a member of the European Parliament from Belgium who will arrive in the country next week.