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Special report No 22/2017: Election Observation Missions – efforts made to follow up recommendations but better monitoring needed

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13/12/2017

The EU observes elections all over the world as a means of promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Approximately two months after Election Day, the missions make recommendations to the host country for electoral framework improvements. We assessed the support provided for the implementation of such recommendations in four countries: Ghana, Jordan, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.

We found that the European External Action Service and the European Commission had made reasonable efforts to support the implementation of the recommendations using the tools at their disposal. Nevertheless, more consultation is needed on the ground and follow-up missions could be deployed more often. Lastly, there is neither a central overview of the recommendations nor a systematic assessment of their implementation status. The Court makes a number of recommendations for further improving these aspects.