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Brussels, 5 October 2009

European Union deploys Election Observation Mission to Mozambique

The European Commission has deployed an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the next Presidential, National and Provincial Assemblies elections in the Republic of Mozambique scheduled to take place on 28 October 2008. The EU EOM will be led by Ms Fiona Hall, Member of the European Parliament and consists of seven experts, seventy-two short term observer, 24lLong term observers and several locally recruited short term observers from diplomatic missions. This EU EOM represents a further contribution by the European Commission to supporting democracy in the Republic of Mozambique.

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, said: “ I am pleased that we have been able to deploy an EU EOM to Mozambique for the third time. These general and provincial elections are crucial for the consolidation of the democratisation process in the Republic of Mozambique. . It is essential that these elections are conducted in a credible and transparent manner and in accordance with international and regional standards. I firmly believe that through the EOM, the EU can greatly contribute to enhancing confidence at all stages of the election process.

Karel De Gucht, Commissioner for Development stated: " The commitment of the Government of Mozambique to good governance is one of the main pillars of our long term cooperation and partnership. As in the past, we are following these elections closely and hope that they will further reinforce the democratic process by upholding the principles of freedom, justice and inclusiveness. "

The EOM Core Team consisting of seven experts was deployed on 22 September and the Chief Observer MEP Fiona Hall arrived in Maputo on the 1 October. Twenty four Long Term Observers (LTOs) have been deployed on 2 October to assess the campaign period and pre-election preparations around the country. Seventy two Short Term Observers (STOs), will be deployed over the election period to observe voting, counting and the tabulation of results. They will be joined by locally recruited STOs from diplomatic missions of EU Member States and associated countries (Norway, Switzerland and Canada). The EU EOM will operate in accordance with the “Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation”, commemorated at the United Nations in October 2005 and will remain in the country until 19 November to assess the post-election period.

For this mission, the EU has made available some 3.5 million from the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

<<Mozambique >> is one of the main beneficiaries of EC assistance within the ACP Group, both per capita, and in terms of total assistance available. Under the Cotonou Agreement, <<Mozambique >> and the EU are contractually engaged in five- year cooperation programs. The on-going program covering the period 2008-2013, has a financial allocation of 622 M € from the European Development Fund (EDF). A significant part of the assistance ( 80%) is delivered through macro-economic support, in the form of direct budget support or sector support.

The extraordinary increase in EDF assistance is not only correlated to the needs of the country, but is also a result of the good performance and excellent cooperation between <<Mozambique >> and the EC, and the political will of the Mozambican Government to engage in the path of reform.

Governance is crucial in determining the EU’s financial assistance, and during programme implementation, initial allocations can be increased, maintained or decreased on the basis of the country's governance record and commitments.

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