At the invitation of the Government of Ecuador, the European Union established a mission to observe the general elections in Ecuador on 26 April 2008.
The 26 April general elections marked a new era in the constitutional history of Ecuador. They also signified the end of an intense cycle of elections and referenda since late 2006. The elections were generally conducted in line with international standards.
They were organised under challenging circumstances: five different levels of election, new categories of voters and the establishment of a new election administration. José Ribeiro e Castro, 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.