This second preliminary statement of the EU election observation mission (EU EOM) is delivered before the completion of the entire electoral process. Critical stages of the state-level elections remain, including collation of results and adjudication of petitions. The EU EOM is now only in a position to comment on observation undertaken to date. The EU EOM will also publish a final report, containing full analysis and recommendations for future electoral processes. The mission was invited to observe the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission and is independent in its conclusions under the leadership of the Chief Observer, Maria Arena, Member of the European Parliament.