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Source: European Union (EU)
20 January 2006

European Union - Election Observation Mission
West Bank and Gaza 2006

      EUEOMWBG - Media - 1/20/2006

      136 EU Short-term Observers deployed for Palestinian Legislative Council Elections

      Ramallah/Jerusalem, 20 January 2006 – The EU Election Observation Mission West Bank and Gaza 2006 is deploying 136 Short-term Observers on Saturday 21 January 2006. The 136 observers – who come from 23 EU Member States – are joining their 36 colleagues in the main deployment locations in Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron and Gaza.
      The arrival of the Short-term Observers marks another major step in the deployment of the EU Election Observation Mission for the elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council on 25 January 2006. A Core team of 13 election experts arrived on 12 December 2005 and established the Mission’s offices in Ramallah, Jerusalem and Gaza. 36 Long-term Observers were deployed on 2 January 2006 and have been observing the election campaign for the past two weeks.

      The deployment of the Short-term Observers brings the total number of EU Election Observers to 186. There will also be a delegation of 50 observers from the European Parliament.

      Members of the media who would like to attend the deployment of the Short-term Observers and meet the Chief Observer, Ms. De Keyser, should contact the Press Officer of the EU EOM, Mr. Mathias Eick.
      For further information contact Mathias Eick, EUEOM Press Officer on:
      Tel.: +972-(0)-54-6979287

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