Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation


Electoral Observation Section

The Electoral Observation Section of the Secretariat for Political Affairs' Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation is responsible for organizing, implementing, and following up on all OAS Electoral Observation Missions (OAS/EOMs). This area also coordinates activities at the national, regional, and hemispheric level with electoral authorities, political parties, and civil society representatives in periods between elections.

2014

EcuadorCosta Rica
February 2
April 6

EcuadorEl Salvador
February 2

elSalvadorColombia
March 9

PanamáPanamá
May 4

ColombiaColombia
June 15

 
 

2013

EcuadorParaguay
April 21

EcuadorEcuador
February 17

elSalvadorGrenada
February 19

2012

MexicoMexico
July 1

elSalvadorEl Salvador
March 11

BelizeBelize
March 7

HondurasHonduras
November 18

2011

JamaicaJamaica
December 29

guyanaGuyana
November 28

Santa LuciaSaint Lucia
November 28

NicaraguaNicaragua
November 6
en español

ColombiaColombia
October 30
en español

Nevis Nevis
July 11

PeruPeru
June 5
en español

EcuadorEcuador
Mayo 7
en español

PeruPeru
April 10
en español

HaitiHaiti
20 de marzo

BoliviaBolivia
October 16
en español

GuatemalaGuatemala
September 11
en español

2010

San Vicente y las GranadinasSan Vicente y las Granadinas
13 de diciembre, en inglés

Costa RicaCosta Rica
5 de diciembre

HaitiHaiti
28 de noviembre
en inglés

ParaguayParaguay
7 de noviembre

PerúPerú
3 de octubre

SurinameSuriname
25 de mayo

BoliviaBolivia
4 de abril

ColombiaColombia  
14 de marzo
30 de mayo

Costa RicaCosta Rica
7 de febrero

Saint Kitts y NevisSaint Kitts y Nevis
25 de enero
en inglés

2009

BoliviaBolivia
6 de diciembre

MéxicoMéxico
5 de julio

EcuadorEcuador
14 de junio

PanamáPanamá 
3 de mayo

EcuadorEcuador
26 de abril

El SalvadorEl Salvador
15 de marzo

BoliviaBolivia
25 de enero

El SalvadorEl Salvador
18 de enero

2008

HondurasHonduras
30 de noviembre

EcuadorEcuador
28 de septiembre

AngolaAngola
25 de septiembre

BoliviaBolivia       
10 de agosto

GrenadaGrenada
8 de julio - en inglés

ParaguayParaguay
20 de abril

2007

ParaguayParaguay
16 de diciembre

GuatemalaGuatemala
4 de noviembre

ColombiaColombia
28 de octubre

Costa RicaCosta Rica 
7 de octubre

EcuadorEcuador
30 de septiembre

Political Party and Campaign Financing in the Caribbean

The Political Party and Campaign Financing in the Caribbean Project aims to provide assistance to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries in implementing meaningful legislation on political financing. The impetus for this project comes from requests from a number of Caribbean countries to implement recommendations made by OAS/EOMs in the region. In the various Caribbean elections observed in recent years, the regulation of political financing represents one of the most important recommendations and has generated the most public interest.

Association of Caribbean Electoral Organizations (ACEO)

Created in 1998, the Association of Caribbean Electoral Organizations serves as an important clearinghouse for information and inter-institutional cooperation for 14 electoral management bodies of the Caribbean. The Fifth General Meeting of the ACEO will take place in November 2010 in Trinidad and Tobago.

Democracy Bridge (African Union and the OAS)

The Democracy Bridge initiative, begun in 2006, facilitates the exchange of information and best practices between the OAS and the African Union (AU) in order to refine the methodology for electoral observation. Through Democracy Bridge, OAS officials joined the AU Observer Mission in the parliamentary elections in Angola in September 2008 and in the presidential elections in the Republic of Togo in March 2010. For their part, AU officials joined the OAS/EOM in Colombia (2007) and have actively participated in Inter-American Electoral Training Seminars and meetings of the Association of Caribbean Electoral Organizations (ACEO). 

Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation

Signed in October 2005, the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation represents a worldwide, inter-institutional attempt to standardize, professionalize, and improve the methodology for observing elections. In an effort to identify best practices, the declaration’s signatories hold annual meetings in different regions of the world. In 2006, the second such meeting was held at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Electoral Observation Section has actively participated in each of the annual meetings and in thematic workshops. Both the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and the Code of Conduct for International Election Observers constitute important elements in observer training for each OAS Electoral Observation Mission.