NORDEM Election Observer to Sri Lanka
Following an invitation from the Commissioner of Elections of Sri Lanka, the EU deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to observe the parliamentary elections held on 17 August 2015. NORDEM sent one short term observer to the EOM.
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The EOM assessed the compliance of Sri Lanka’s electoral process with its international and regional commitments for democratic elections. The EOM completed this assessment through observing Sri Lanka’s electoral legislation and its consequential implementation and by meeting regularly with election officials at national, regional and local levels, political parties, candidates, civil society and the media throughout the country.
The EOM's preliminary report found the elections to have been ‘conducted in a transparent, well-organised and fast manner’. However, there are still concerns over the level of invalid votes in some districts as well as the lack of female candidates, despite no legislation barring them from standing.
A final report will be published after the EOM has concluded its post-election observation as well as tabulating the results.
Reports and press releases can be found on the EU EOM webpage for this mission.