Ethiopia: Mistakes in 2005 election won’t be repeated

Ethiopians and EOM
European Union election observation Mission (EOM) & Ethiopian Officials meeting.
Ethiopians and EOM
European Union election observation Mission (EOM) & Ethiopian Officials meeting.

The European Union election observation Mission (EOM) Chief Observer Thijs Berman has confirmed that mission’s wrong deeds in the previous election won’t be repeated.
In a press conference the mission head gave here Friday said the mission has officially launched today an election observation Mission (EOM) to observe the fourth national election due to be held in May 2010.

He said the mission was invited by the Ethiopian government to observe all aspects of electoral process and assess compliance with international standards for elections and domestic laws.

He said the mission has developed observation experiences in more than 70 countries.

He said “ we are neutral and impartial in our assessments and we hope that our mission will contribute to credible democratic process”

The mission consists of 10 experts ,90 long term observers and more than 60 short term observers who will be deployed through out the country to observe election producers before, during and after the elections.

He said election analysts and observers will assess the electoral campaign, voting day compilation of result and post election activity, including complaints and appeals procedures.

They will also evaluates the general political electoral context , the work of the election administration ,media environment and role of civil society ,the human rights situation as relates to elections and the participation of women and minorities

The European Union has allocated eight million Euro for the mission.

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