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.
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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.
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.
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).
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.