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OAS Deploys two Electoral Observation Missions on the 62nd Anniversary of its First Observation

  February 4, 2024

Today, February 4, commemorates the 62nd anniversary of the sending of the first Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to Costa Rica in 1962.
This anniversary occurs while the Organization is deploying two missions for the presidential and legislative elections in El Salvador and for the Municipal Elections in Costa Rica. Today the OAS will have more than 100 observers of 20 nationalities on the ground.

Since 2012, through a resolution of the Permanent Council, the OAS declared February 4 of each year as “OAS Electoral Observation Day" and commemorates that on February 4, 1962, the Organization sent observers for the first time to an election in the Republic of Costa Rica and that that same year, on December 20, it sent a Mission to the Dominican Republic.

To date, this OAS program has deployed 314 MOES in 28 countries in the Americas and has put more than 14,000 observers on the ground. Congratulations and thanks to all who have worn the OAS vest in defense and promotion of regional democracy.

Reference: E-006/24