December 15, 2016

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EU, Myanmar sign agreement on deployment of EU mission to observe elections

UEC Chairman U Tin Aye attends MoU handing over ceremony between EU Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Roland Kobia and Union Election Commissioner in charge of International  Observation, Dr. Daw Myint Kyi.
UEC Chairman U Tin Aye attends MoU handing over ceremony between EU Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Roland Kobia and Union Election Commissioner in charge of International Observation, Dr. Daw Myint Kyi.

The European Union (EU) and Myanmar Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the observation of the forthcoming elections planned for 8th November 2015.
The document provides for the deployment of a full EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) in Myanmar as part of the EU’s support to the country’s democratic transition process. The decision to deploy an EOM follows an official invitation extended by the Myanmar authorities and enjoys the support of many other political and civil society actors.
At the Union Election Commission (UEC) on Friday, EU Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Roland Kobia, and Union Election Commissioner in charge of International Observation, Dr. Daw Myint Kyi signed the Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the deployment of the EOM, witnessed by Chairman of the Union Election Commission U Tin Aye.
The EU is a leading global actor in election observation and has successfully deployed more than 120 EOMs worldwide over the past decade. The EOM will comprise more than 100 short and long-term observers from many of the Member States of the European Union in addition to observers from Canada, Switzerland and Norway and diplomats from embassies of EU countries accredited to Myanmar. The EOM will remain in Myanmar until the electoral process is completed. Its long-term presence will help provide an in depth-assessment of the process in line with international standards. The EU provides substantial technical and financial assistance to Myanmar and has earmarked 10 million euros (14.5 billion Myanmar Kyats) to support the country’s electoral process.

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