EU monitors to observe media behaviour
Some members of the EU
election observers team
The EU Election observers said they were not here to teach democracy
or electioneering but were here on the invitation of Sri Lankan
authorities to perform a job.
"We will present our conclusions in a systematic way, it is up to the
Lankan authorities and the EU institutions to take action," Chritistian
Dan Preda, Chief Observer and member of European Parliament from
Romania, told reporters last week.
He said, the EU election observers will monitor the campaign,
preparation and the behaviour of media as well as the post-election
phase before their final report based on scientific data is presented to
the Elections Commissioner.
A core team of seven experts will perform a complete analysis of data
covering the political, human rights and media sectors. "It (the report)
will not be a super perception of what people have in mind," Preda
The EU final observation report is expected to be released two months
after the election, but an interim report will be released two days
The first EU team comprising 18 long-term observers arrived in the
country last week. The 28-member short-term observers will be here on
August 10. Fourteen more observers are to be recruited from the
diplomatic community based in Colombo.
The seven EU parliamentarians represent Austria, Romania, Slovakia,
Spain, Ireland and Italy. The long-term observers departed Colombo on
Thursday, to their respective duty areas in all nine provinces across
Deputy Chief of observation mission, Konrad Olszewski, a
parliamentarian from Holland and EU Colombo Office Press and Public
Outreach officer Maria Gamez were present at the media briefing.
In addition to the EU observers, teams from the Commonwealth and
Federation of Election Monitoring Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) will
also be here to observe the August 17 polls.