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Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission, Urmas Paet (left), meets with Attorney General, Basil Williams (right). Accompanying Paet were Deputy Chief Observer, Alexander Matus, (second from left) and Legal Analyst of the Mission, Dorota Ryza (Elvin Croker photo)

CHIEF Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission, Urmas Paet, and other members of the Mission, on Wednesday, held what was deemed as a satisfactory meeting with the Attorney General (AG), Basil Williams, at his Carmichael Street Office.

The meeting was held for the Mission to consult with the AG on the legal framework governing the elections and lead up to the elections, as well as to discuss court matters pertaining to the elections.

Accompanying Paet were Deputy Chief Observer, Alexander Matus, and Legal Analyst of the Mission, Dorota Ryza. “The meeting was a good one, satisfactory,” Matus said on exiting the over one-hour forum.

More on the meeting is expected to be expounded upon on Thursday when Paet is expected to officially launch the observation mission at a press conference at the Marriott Hotel. It was on Tuesday that the Mission deployed a team of 14 European Union (EU) observers for long-term observation of Guyana’s General and Regional Elections, which is set for March 2. The observers will be stationed at respective bases across Guyana for coverage of all 10 administrative regions.

The long-term observers will be deployed for six weeks across the country, while the short-term observers will be deployed shortly before, during and after Elections Day. “All 14 long-term observers are very experienced. They come from 13 different EU Member States and Norway. In the last three days, they received extensive training about the electoral, political, legal, media, security and logistics aspects of their work in the field,” Matus had said on Tuesday.

From the Mission, a core team of nine analysts will be based in Georgetown along with 20 short-term observers and possible diplomats accredited to the diplomatic missions of Guyana. Matus said that Guyanese can expect these officials to be the “eyes and ears” of the mission who will report periodically to the core team in Georgetown to help the EU observer team to make informed decisions about the electoral process. The observer mission will also be having meetings with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and other elections stakeholders such as political parties, civil society organisations and religious authorities. While the mission will not be reporting to GECOM, it will be making its step-by-step findings available to the public.