Monday, February 11th 2013 - 21:21 UTC

OAS celebrates 50 years of ‘electoral observance’ which makes to democracy foundations

Electoral observance “serves to build the foundations of Latin American democracy” said Organization of American States, OAS, Secretary General Jose Miguel Inuslza during opening remarks at a Roundtable entitled “International Election Observation: Progress and Challenges,” held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC.

Secretary General Insulza said that OAS has sent observers to over 200 electoral processes in Latam

“Elections are an essential pillar of a democratic regime, precisely because of the legitimacy they give to the origin of the political process in free, transparent and inclusive elections,” said Insulza during the opening of the event, organized as part of the OAS Day of Electoral Observation, celebrated on February 4 in accordance with a decision of the Permanent Council and which marks the half century celebration.


He added that electoral observance constitutes an area in which the OAS is a pioneer and world leader that “seeks to improve the quality of such elections.” Since the first mission in 1962, the hemispheric organization has accompanied more than 200 electoral processes in the hemisphere, and has provided support to other national and regional institutions to develop their own systems of observation.


“This celebration of 50 years of election observation is a source of pride for all of us,” emphasized Insulza, and added: “pride in the work done, but also in the democracies that our people have been able to build: growing democracies constantly seeking improvement.”


For the OAS “it is time to reflect and analyze how to continue to support our peoples to strengthen every day their sovereignty and their electoral systems and processes that make it a reality.”


The head of the hemispheric organization highlighted that “the Electoral Observation Missions of the OAS have evolved with the changes the region has experienced and, although the early work focused primarily on the possibility of the commission of fraud, today the missions cover a range of issues such as access, equity, gender perspectives, the financing of political campaigns, access to media, transparency and general support to electoral institutions of each country.”


“There is no doubt that elections in our region today have improved from when we started this work,” said Secretary General Insulza. “The issue here is to discuss the elections, assess what we have done, see what remains to be done in terms of improving the quality of electoral systems and to see how we can better evaluate these electoral services,” he added.


The Roundtable is part of the celebrations to mark 50 years of OAS electoral observations. Participating in the event were the OAS Director of the Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation, Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian; the Director of the Centre for North American Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Democracy and Election Management at American University, Robert Pastor; Senior Associate and Director of Electoral Programs at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Patrick Merloe; the Director for the Americas and Europe Division of the UN General Secretariat and former Director of the OAS Unit for the Promotion of Democracy, Elizabeth Spehar; and the Permanent Representative of Guyana to the OAS, Ambassador Bayney Karran. Following a questions and answer session, the OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin, delivered the closing remarks for the event.


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1 briton (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 09:26 pm Report abuse
should this not be
Save our Souls,

and you know who was not mentioned once.
2 liza (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 10:09 pm Report abuse
@ 1
you need to grow up! you sound uneducated!
So sarcastic!
don't you have nothing else to do?
3 briton (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 10:13 pm Report abuse
you need to grow up
insulter/userper, comedian.

you are such a great comedian, why are you on here with us,
you should be on stage at the ayslum
ha ha ha .
4 The Cestrian (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 10:42 pm Report abuse
Latin American democracy?

surely an oxymoron...or just moron?
5 José Malvinero (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 10:46 pm Report abuse
Why FalkandPress would put this on this section of the Malvinas? .....
6 CaptainSilver (#) Feb 11th, 2013 - 11:16 pm Report abuse
Why? You will find out....
7 jonas_Bs.As. (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 04:00 am
Comment removed by the editor.
8 reality check (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 09:15 am Report abuse
Why bother, you will only lose, again!
I'll say this abou you, your nothing, if not consistent.
9 Conqueror (#) Feb 12th, 2013 - 01:49 pm Report abuse
I don't understand why this organisation would want to “celebrate” its failure. Just as an example, let's consider argieland. Most of the population kept ignorant, brainwashed or poor. Or any combination. Government propaganda can be kept simple. And votes are easily bought with “gifts” of food. There are videos of it being done. And this is what the OAS is “proud” of? It must be a joke.
10 Anglotino (#) Feb 13th, 2013 - 05:08 am Report abuse
I wonder if the OAS will send monitors to the Falkland Islands?
11 golfcronie (#) Feb 13th, 2013 - 11:24 am Report abuse
We at ETON had monitors there, they were called MILK MONITORS.
Joking aside why would the OAS send monitors to the FALKLANDS.
Most of this group are Dictators aren't they?
12 Anglotino (#) Feb 13th, 2013 - 12:36 pm Report abuse

“why would the OAS send monitors to the FALKLANDS”

To learn!
13 golfcronie (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 02:37 pm Report abuse
They haven't learnt anything in the last 50 yrs. What makes you think they will learn anything now. Most are dictators anyway
14 row82 (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 03:31 pm Report abuse
Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom? YES or NO

Join the debate on

Falkland Islands Desire the Right!

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