The European Union will observe Madagascar's presidential and parliamentary elections onfrom the the country's .
Madagascar presidential elections are scheduled for October 25 and parliamentary elections in December.
The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) is led by Maria Muñiz de Urquiza, Member of the European Parliament, who arrived in the Madagascan capitalon Wednesday and will officially launch the mission on Thursday.
A core team of nine EU electionarrived in Antananarivo on September 25. They will be joined by 44 long-term observers on Thursday, and will be reinforced by 50 short-term observers a few days before election day. On the election day a delegation of the European Parliament as well as locally based members of the EU diplomatic community will join the mission. The EU EOM will deploy over 100 observers throughout the country on election day, the European Commission said in a press release.
Shortly after the polling, the EOM will issue a preliminary statement of its initial findings at a press conference inAntananarivo. The EOM will remain in Madagascar to observe final counting of votes and any complaint procedures.
It will also observe the legislative elections scheduled for December 20 and a possible second round of the presidential elections. The EOM will prepare a final report including recommendations to be submitted to the Malagasywith a view to further developing and possibly improving the electoral framework
Source: RTT News