Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary Memorandum from Baroness Amos, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


  I undertook to come back to the Committee on the guidelines for free and fair elections. Following the measures imposed by the EU General Affairs Council on 28 January, the Council published an annex to its conclusions, which set out a summary of the norms and standards by which the EU would judge whether the election was free and fair.

  Those norms and standards are largely drawn from the SADC Parliamentary Forum of March 2001. The benchmarks are high. But they provide an agreed basis by which the EU will judge the conduct and outcome of the Presidential election on 9-10 March. I have set out the norms and standards below.

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