The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) in Panama began today a visit to that member state to monitor the organization of the General Elections of May 4, 2014, in response to an invitation from the country’s electoral and governmental authorities.
To head this Mission, the Secretary General of the Organization, José Miguel Insulza, appointed the renowned Peruvian lawyer and politician, Lourdes Flores Nano. Flores Nano has held the positions of Congresswoman, Municipal Councilor, and President of the Christian People’s Party, and ran as presidential candidate in Peru on two occasions. Furthermore, she has an outstanding international career and headed the OAS Electoral Observation Mission during the 2012 elections in El Salvador.
This morning, the Chief of Mission signed, along with the President of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama, the agreement on procedures for the Mission’s observation. She will also hold meetings with various electoral, governmental and political authorities, as well as presidential candidates.
Since 1972, the OAS has accompanied and/or observed a total of nine elections in Panama. For the 2014 elections, the Organization is planning a long-term observation mission, as well as the deployment of a core group of experts and observers in order to be cognizant of both the electoral administration process and the political campaign.
A gallery of photos of the event is available here.
For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.