MP takes part in elec­tion ob­ser­va­tion

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CHE­SHAM and Amer­sham MP Dame Ch­eryl Gil­lan re­cently led a Coun­cil of Europe del­e­ga­tion to ob­serve the con­duct­ing of the gen­eral elec­tion in Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina this week – and has also pre­sented a full re­port to the Coun­cil of Europe in Stras­bourg.

Dame Ch­eryl was ap­pointed by the Coun­cil of Europe as the chair­per­son and leader of the del­e­ga­tion from the Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly there.

Its mem­bers are drawn from across Europe as the Coun­cil of Europe’s mem­ber­ship is not lim­ited to coun­tries which are mem­bers of the Euro­pean Union.

Eigh­teen MPs from 10 coun­tries and all five po­lit­i­cal party group­ings at­tended.

Dame Ch­eryl said: “Vot­ing was calm and elec­tors made their choice freely among a large num­ber of par­ties and can­di­dates.

“The PACE del­e­ga­tion re­grets that, once again, the elec­tions were held in vi­o­la­tion of the Euro­pean Con­ven­tion of Hu­man Rights con­cern­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion on the ba­sis of eth­nic­ity and res­i­dency.

“The del­e­ga­tions also ex­pressed its dis­ap­point­ment that the elec­tion cam­paign re­mained seg­mented along eth­nic lines.”

Speak­ing after her re­turn to the UK, Dame Ch­eryl said: “The work that is done by the Coun­cil of Europe, of which the UK was a founder mem­ber, demon­strates that this coun­try will con­tinue to have a sig­nif­i­cant voice in Europe.”

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