ANTANANARIVO, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- The European Union sent 123 observers to Madagascar for the run-off presidential election which will be coupled with legislative elections on Dec. 20, a statement from EU said here Tuesday.
The observers include 48 court-term observers who joined on Tuesday the 42 long-term observers already in the regions since Nov. 28 to follow the electoral process, as well as diplomats in position in Madagascar,according to the statement.
"We hope that in the final straight, their presence will strengthen the election process and encourage citizens to go to the polls in the calm and even as many as the first round of the presidential election," said the Chief of EU Observers to Madagascar Maria Muniz de Urquiza in the statement.
The Mission will present 48 hours after the election, a preliminary assessment of the process. One to two months after the final results, the Chief Observer will publish a detailed report containing a series of practical recommendations for future elections,said the statement.
The runoff presidential election on Friday will be competed between Jean Louis Robinson, candidate supported by former president Marc Ravalomanana and Hery Rajaonarimampianina, candidate supported by the president of transition Andry Rajoelina.
The legislative elections have 2052 candidates who will compete for 151 seats at the national assembly, the lower house parliament of Madagascar.