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Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner said: "Our Election Observation Mission is an important contribution to ensuring that the forthcoming Palestinian Presidential elections are assessed against international standards. The quality of these elections will have a direct bearing on the authority of the winner. The Palestinians need leaders with the legitimacy that only credible democratic elections can bring".
In line with the principles of the Quartet Roadmap, the European Commission has been in the lead in the international community in providing support to the Palestinian electoral process since 2003. The overall objective is to give the Palestinian society a chance to hold meaningful and credible elections to provide democratic legitimacy for the institutions on the road to statehood. Some €14 million have been allocated since 2003 to prepare the elections. Of this, €2.5 million has been designated for the EU Election Observation Mission announced today.
In addition to deployment of an Election Observation Mission, the core elements of EU support are financial assistance to election operations to be carried out by the Palestinian Central Election Commission, including voter registration, support for polling and counting activities, and voter information. In delivering this, the EU has worked closely with other partners in the international community.
The EU Election Observation Mission will hold a press conference in Ramallah on Saturday 11 December at 10 a.m.
Press Officer, Election Observation Mission: Nueala Haughey, 00972 546907617
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