Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation
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Since 1962 the OAS has deployed over 200 Electoral Observation Missions (OAS/EOMs) in 27 countries throughout the continent. Once the electoral process is complete, the EOMs formulate recommendations that are aimed at improving the observed electoral system.
DECO designs and implements technical tools that facilitate improved analysis of key aspects of the electoral cycle. These methodologies permit the observation of electoral organization, the equal participation of men and women in the electoral process, political-finance systems, access to media, and the use of technologies.
Since 2007, the OAS has provided technical cooperation to the electoral bodies of its Member States in the implementation of Quality Management Systems (QMS) and the subsequent certification against International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. The OAS was a leader in the effort to create the ISO electoral standard, the first-ever certification standard in the public sector.
The impartial and independent observation of elections promotes transparency and builds trust in the electoral process and is one of the fundamental tools of the OAS to help strengthen democracy in the region.
Preliminary Report of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission In Dominica