At the invitation of the Government of Bhutan, the European Union established a mission to observe the National Assembly elections there on 24 March 2008.
The election process generally met international standards for democratic elections, but fell short in certain areas. Voters were presented with a choice between two ideologically similar alternatives and regulation of the campaign hindered free political expression. Javier Pomes, Member 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.