INVITATION to PRESS CONFERENCE | EU Electoral Follow-up Mission | Thursday 10 October at 15.30 Ocean Bay Hotel Conference centre


The European Union deploys an Electoral Follow-up Mission (EFM) to the Republic of The Gambia to assess the progress made in the electoral reform and the status of implementation of EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) recommendations, since the delivery of the Final report of the 2017 EU EOM to The Gambia.

Mission objective and mandate

The objective of this assignment is to contribute to improving the electoral and democratic framework during the inter-election period and raising awareness and understanding of the EU EOM recommendations and technical issues related to their implementation. In general, the EFM supports the consolidation of democracy, institution building and democratic elections in The Gambia in the context of the implementation of the 2017 EU EOM recommendations. EU Election Observation Mission 2017 Final report and recommendations


In order to achieve this objective, the EU EFM will meet with all relevant election stakeholders, including the national authorities, the election authorities, political actors, civil society, representatives of the international community and the media, between Monday 7 October and Thursday 10 October 2019.

Mr. Miroslav Poche (former Member of the European Parliament and former Chief Observer of the EU EOM in 2017) will act as Chief of Mission for this EFM.

On Thursday 10 October, The Ambassador of the European Union to The Gambia, H.E. Attila Lajos, together with the Chief of Mission, Mr Miroslav Poche, will hold a press conference to present the main findings of the mission, with reference to the most pertinent recommendations from the 2017 Election Observation Final Report. The event will take place at the Ocean Bay Hotel Conference centre, starting at 16.00. Doors open at 15.30.


15.30     Doors open. Coffee, drinks and snacks available

16.00     Start press conference

– EU Ambassador to The Gambia H.E. Attila Lajos

– EU EFM Chief of Mission Mr Miroslav Poche

– Q&A

16.30     End of press conference

Please RSVP to

Ms Else Boonstra, political officer, EU Delegation to The Gambia – [email protected]

Else Boonstra

Political Officer

Delegation of the European Union to The Gambia

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