Secretariat for Political Affairs (SAP)
Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO)

About the VIII Meeting

The Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) of the Secretariat of Political Affairs of the Organization of American States (SPA/OAS) and The Electoral Commission of Jamaica hosted the Eighth Inter-American Meeting of Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) entitled “Strengthening Electoral Processes in the Hemisphere”. This meeting was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on September 18 to 19, 2012.

The main objective of this meeting was to discuss how EMBs improve electoral processes in the region, analyzing two principal issues: the role of EMBs in candidate selection processes, and vote counting, data transmission, and preliminary results reporting. These topics were addressed through two panels that allowed the exchange of best practices in the Americas.

The organization of this event was made possible thanks to the contributions of the International Cooperation Agency of Canada and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).