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EU deploys election observers in Sudan

(B2) A delegation of 138 observers from the European Union (EU), led by the Belgian PS MEP, Véronique de Keyser, has started to deploy to Sudan, to observe the preparations for the elections and the electoral campaign: 58 observers have already arrived or are in the process of arriving. They will be reinforced for the duration of the election by 80 subsequent observers as well as a delegation from the European Parliament. Sudan is holding general elections on April 11 and 18. A country that is neither small (2,5 million km2) nor peaceful. Suffice to say that V. De Keyser's mission will not be easy. “ It is obvious that we will not be able to go to each polling station, we will take samples (…). We will draw our conclusions not only from our observations but also from trends in different regions and data “, she declared, according to AFP, during a press conference in Khartoum. “ This is an important step in the establishment of the comprehensive peace agreement and the political future of Sudan » explained, for her part, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Brussels. “ The role of European observers is not to validate the candidatures and the results but only to verify that the election process respects the international criteria of democratic and sincere election. She added.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).