Pre-poll observers here this week
The pre-poll observers of the international election observer
missions will start arriving in the country by this week, a spokesperson
for the Elections Department said.
The EU, Commonwealth and FEMBoSA, (Federation of Elections Monitoring
Bodies of South Asia) will undertake observer missions here during the
August 17 general election at the invitation of Elections Commissioner
The European Union said that their deployment will be headed by
Member of the European Parliament Cristian Preda.
The EU team will consist of a Core Team of eight election analysts,
and 18 Long-Term Observers, who will be deployed to all Sri Lankan
Provinces, and 28 Short-Term Observers deployed shortly before Election
Shortly after Election Day, the mission will issue a preliminary
statement of its findings at a press conference in Colombo. A final
report with recommendations for future electoral processes, will be
presented at a later stage, a statement by the EU Colombo office said.
The 30-member FEMBoSA team sponsored by the government will arrive
one week ahead of the election day.
The Commonwealth and the EU teams will be funded by their respective