EODS Team Leader Holly Ruthrauff traveled to Malé, capital of the Maldives, from 27 September - 3 October to join the EU EOM Maldives 2023 and observe the second round of the presidential elections, held on 30 September. The purpose of the EODS visit was to reflect on how the methodology is implemented in practice, including the formulation of recommendations for electoral reform. The EU Election Observation Mission to the Maldives has been on the ground since 31 July and presented the EU EOM Preliminary Statement on the Presidential run-off during a press conference held on 2 October. This report followed a first preliminary statement on the first round published on 11 September.
Photo: EODS Team Leader Holly Ruthrauff and EU EOM Maldives Deputy Chief Observer Anne Marlborough observing voting process on 30 September.