On 2 December 2020, Spanish member of the European Parliament (MEP) Jordi Cañas of the Renew Europe Group posed a written parliamentary question to the Vice-President of the Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell:
“On 7 October 2020, Peru’s National Election Panel agreed to ask the Ministry of External Relations to invite, on behalf of the Peruvian Government, a number of representatives of different international bodies, including the European Union, to take part in the upcoming general elections in April 2021 as international election observers.
On 16 November 2020, Peru’s Mission to the European Union forwarded this invitation to the European External Action Service (EEAS).
The political crisis that afflicted Peru after President Martín Vizcarra was removed from power and his replacement, Manuel Merino, then resigned, just five days after taking office, led to several days of extremely violent clashes on the streets in which two people lost their lives and around a hundred were injured. Finally, on 16 November 2020, Peru’s Congress appointed the economist Francisco Sagasti as the new interim President until the next elections.
In this context, the EU’s participation as an electoral observer at the upcoming elections is especially important and will lend continuity to its commitment to Peruvian democracy.
In light of the above:
Has the Vice-President / High Representative already accepted or will he accept the invitation from the Peruvian Government for the EU to take part in the upcoming general elections in April 2021 as an international election observer?”
On 25 January 2021, High Representative and Vice-President Borrell responded on behalf of the European Commission stating: “The April 2021 general elections in Peru are included now in the list of EU election priorities as a possible Election Observation Mission. The European Parliament was consulted on this proposal on 13 November 2020 through the Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG) and the DEG Chairs received a formal letter on 15 December 2020 confirming this decision.
The letter reiterates that the deployment of all electoral missions continues to be conditional on acceptable security and health conditions in the country of deployment to ensure the security and safety of mission participants, including that of Chief Observers proposed by the European Parliament.
We are currently evaluating whether those conditions are met to decide on how to respond to the invitation sent by the Peruvian government for the EU to observe the elections.”
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