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OAS Secretary General Meets with Member of the Electoral Council of Ecuador

  May 15, 2013

OAS Secretary General Meets with Member of the Electoral Council of Ecuador
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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today met with Roxana Silva, member of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Ecuador, with whom he discussed how the country is following up on the report of the Electoral Observation Mission of the hemispheric organization to the general elections in that country last February, which was presented today in the OAS Permanent Council.

The Secretary General and Councilor Silva discussed specific measures on which the OAS can cooperate to improve some aspects of the electoral process, beginning with the observation of local elections to be held in February 2014. The OAS Secretary General praised the innovative experiences of the Ecuadorian electoral body to increase citizen participation and expressed his interest in the provision of services by the CNE to voters.

The leader of the hemispheric institution also expressed his interest in having the CNE share experiences with the rest of the hemisphere on the pilot project called "Vote at home," through which the ballot boxes were taken to the homes of people with mobility problems, praised the inclusion, for the first time, of the vote for those people detained without being sentenced and congratulated the Ecuadorian electoral body for its advances on gender equality.

The meeting, held at the headquarters of the organization in Washington, DC, was attended by the Acting Director of the Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation of the OAS, Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, and the Alternate Representative of Ecuador, Ambassador Fernando Suárez.

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Reference: FNE-12113