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OSCE plans mini mission for EU elections - EUobserver

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The Vienna-based pro-democracy club, the OSCE, plans to send teams of experts to look into preparations for EU elections but not to oversee actual voting on 4 to 7 June.

Three man-strong teams of experts are to visit 14 member states for about one week ahead of the vote to look at campaigning activity and technical issues, such as registering foreign EU-nationals as voters.

The EP has launched a billboard campaign around the EU to try to boost voter turnout

The OSCE decision on Thursday (23 April) noted that, with 375 million eligible voters, the EU poll will be the "largest single electoral event" on OSCE territory, but said "available human and financial resources" dictate a small-scale approach.

An OSCE exploratory mission to Brussels in April came away with two worries after talking to MEPs, EU diplomats and the European Commission, but not the European Parliament administration, which "regrettably" declined a meeting.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 24th, 2009 at 01:10:10 PM EST
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