Twenty-eight long term election observers will today deploy across the country to observe the August 11 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, an EU (European Union) release states.
The observers who arrived in Sierra Leone on Monday July16 have after two days of extensive briefing in Freetown, been deployed to their areas of responsibility teaming up with two other groups in Bo, Bombali, Kailahun, Kambia, Tonkolili, Moyamba, Kenema, Kono, Port Loko, Pujehun and Bonthe.
The release quoted the Chief observer, Marie Anne Isler Beguin describing the team as incredibly important for the EU election observer mission as it will enable the mission conduct a comprehensive analysis of the election process throughout the country, including preparations that are currently underway.
The release also states that the election observers will remain in their fields of operations until after the elections and observe the post election process.
Over the next few weeks, the election observers will meet with election officials, candidates and representatives of civil society.
An extensive briefing will be given to the group of short term observers due to arrive closer to polling day who will join the EU long term team to observe voting, counting and tabulation of results.