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Brussels, 17 May 2011

Peru: EU to observe the presidential elections

The European Union is deploying an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the second round of the presidential elections in Peru, scheduled to take place on 5 June 2011. Led by Jose Ignacio Salafranca, Member of the European Parliament, more than 70 observers will assess pre-election preparations and campaign all over Peru, voting, counting and tabulation of the results of the Election Day, as well as the post-election period.

“I am glad that the EU could reply positively to Peruvian government’s invitation to observe this important electoral process and deploy the EU EOM for the second round of presidential elections. I am convinced that with the lead of Jose Ignacio Salafranca and the very good cooperation with the Peruvian authorities this EOM will successfully achieve its mandate and contribute to further strengthen democracy and electoral processes in Peru,” said Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission.

A first Team of experts arrived in the country on 4 May. The experts are joined by a first wave of Long Term Observers (LTOs) and a second wave of Short Term Observers (STOs). The mission will be reinforced by a delegation of 7 Members of the European Parliament for the week of the vote.

The EOM will issue a preliminary statement after the polling day and once the entire process is over, a comprehensive assessment and recommendations, all based on observation of exhaustive facts and information.

For additional information, see also the internet site of the EU EOM:

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