A total of 14 European Union Short Term Observers for next week’s Parliamentary elections will depart on Monday, April 3rd, to their respective areas of observation.

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) for the upcoming parliamentary elections is in The Gambia following an invitation from the Independent Electoral Commission.

The EU Chief election Observer to Gambia’s Parliamentary elections, Miroslav Pochea member of the European Parliament from Czech Republic, will bid farewell to the short-term observers at the Ocean Bay Hotel, according to the EU Banjul Office.

This is the first time the European Union deploys a fully-fledged election observation mission to The Gambia, reflecting the EU’s commitment to supporting The Gambia’s democratic transition and the level of international interest.

The 14 short-term observers (STOs), grouped in multinational two person teams will be departing to their respective areas of observation ahead of next week’s elections.

On Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, a total of 14 Long Term Observers were also bade farewell and departed to their various postings across the country. The long term observers (LTOs) drawn from 13 EU member states and Norway.