At the invitation of the Government of Angola, the European Union established a mission to observe the legislative elections there on 5 and 21 September 2008.
The 5 September 2008 legislative elections took place 16 years after the country had held its first and only elections since independence in 1975. Luisa Morgantini, Vice-President of the European Parliament, was Chief Observer.
The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.