European Union elections observer team deployed to Afghanistan

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The IOM Elections Team in Brussels and the Belgian and German Armed Forces on Monday deployed a group of 58 European Union Long-term Elections Observers to Kabul, to provide support in the upcoming Parliamentary and Provincial elections in Afghanistan.

Working with the Belgian Armed Forces, IOM chartered military planes to transport the observers and equipment to Termez, Uzbekistan. From there, the group continued on to Kabul in aircrafts provided by the German military.

IOM provided services and equipment needed for the success of the mission, including pre-departure administrative and logistical support; and will offer operational support and direct assistance for the duration of the EU Elections Observer Mission in Afghanistan.

As part of pre-departure activities, and in coordination with the Scuola Superiore Santa Ana and the Italian Folgore Brigade, IOM organized the pre-departure training in Pisa, Italy for the EU Experts and Observers. The pre-departure training was aimed at providing the participants with the necessary knowledge and security awareness for working in Afghanistan.

Next month, IOM will organize the deployment of 20 European Union Short-term Election Observers.

The upcoming elections for the Lower Houser of Parliament and Provincial Councils, scheduled to be held on 18 September, will establish a separate legislative branch of government and mark the formal completion of the Bonn transitional process, another key step in Afghanistan's stabilization.

These elections follow the Presidential Election held last October, which was assessed by a EU Democracy and Election Support Mission, also assisted by the IOM Elections Team.

For more information contact IOM Brussels, Anjali Da Victoria Lobo, Tel:, Email: