Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:30 am
Padilha Vidal Room - OAS General Secretariat Building
1889 F Street, N.W. - Washington, D.C. 20006
Forum on Political and Electoral Reforms in the Dominican Republic
The OAS, the Central Electoral Board (JCE) of the Dominican Republic and IDEA International held on May 16th- and 17th. a "Dialogue on Draft Legislation on Political Parties and Electoral Reform" in Santo Domingo.
The Mission led by Oscar Arias, composed by 68 international observers from 21 member States and observers of the OAS was deployed to all 17 departments and the capital visiting more than 300 polling stations. Additionally, 11 observers participated in the voting centers in the province of Buenos Aires (La Plata and San Justo), as well as in Washington, DC, New York, and New Jersey in the United States, adding up to a total of 79 observers.
Training in Mediation Program Haiti, January 15-26, 2013
The EOM/OAS in Paraguay, present in the country since February, began its final deployment ahead of the upcoming general elections on April 21. This week, the Deputy Chief of Mission arrived in the country to hold meetings with the various actors in the electoral process and to follow up on the organization of the elections.
The EOM deployed in Honduras to observe the Primary Elections, the Chief of Mission, Enrique Correa Ríos, will present the main findings and recommendations to the proper authorities, and will offer support to accompany the implementation of some of the observations ahead of the general election this year.
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today said that after four years in charge of the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP-OAS), Mr. Marcelo Alvarez has decided to leave the office as of April 15 of this year.
The Chief of the Electoral Observation and Political Accompaniment Mission in Paraguay, Oscar Arias Sanchez, completed his second visit to Asunción. During his stay, where he heard various viewpoints on the situation in the country just weeks before the general elections and signed the agreement for electoral observation procedures.
The Project concluded with 8,184 new registrations with the subsequent production of identifications, as well as the delivery of 3,701 of birth certificates; meaning 97% fulfillment of the established goal.