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Brussels, 3 February 2010

Deployment of an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the presidential elections in Togo

Following an invitation from the government of Togo, the European Commission has decided to deploy an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the Presidential elections scheduled to take place on 28 February 2010. This observation mission will be led by the Chief Observer Mr José Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil, who is a member of the European Parliament (ES).

The Mission will consist of a chief observer and eleven experts, who arrived in the country over the last few weeks. They have been joined by 30 long-term observers, who are monitoring the election campaign and pre-election preparations throughout the country and will also observe the voting and the post-election period. 80 short-term observers will arrive shortly before polling day.

This observation mission complements other action take by the European Union in support of the elections in Togo. In particular, the European Commission has allocated funding of € 12.5 million under the European Development Fund to support the elections, of which € 3.5 million is to be used to ensure adequate security.

For more information about the EU’s human rights and democratisation policy and EU election assistance & observation, see:

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