The European Union HQ are currently on an election exploratory mission in The Gambia. The purpose of this Mission is to collect factual information on the pre-electoral situation based on a wide range of meetings with both government and non-governmental stakeholders.
The ExM will be conducted in line with EU methodology to assess whether conditions are met for the deployment of an EU EOM for the upcoming general elections, should the Gambian authorities confirm formally their request for electoral observation. The Exploratory Mission will be headed by Julia Ruppel from the Democracy and Electoral Observation Division of the EEAS and will also comprise Ioannis Kleisiaris, European Commission/FPI, Programme Manager/Election Observation. They will be accompanied by four external experts.
The Exploratory Mission will tomorrow Thursday, at 16.40 meet the media in the conference room of the EU Delegation to discuss the role of the media and communication/public utilities management on and around election day.