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OAS Electoral Observation Mission to Ecuador completes deployment and calls for an avoidance of violence and belligerence in final days of campaign

  March 29, 2017

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to the elections in Ecuador will complete its deployment this week ahead of the presidential runoff, which will be held on Sunday April 2nd.

Headed by former President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernández, who is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, the Mission is comprised of 77 experts and observers from 19 countries who will be deployed to 19 provinces of the country.

The OAS/EOM that observed the February 19 general elections and referendum in Ecuador acknowledges the efforts made by Ecuador´s National Electoral Council (CNE) since then to implement some of the EOM's ecommendations in order to improve the electoral process for the runoff.

The Mission rejects the acts of violence and the aggressive tone of the campaign in its last weeks, and encourages that a discussion of the issues prevail over the exchange of accusations. It is important that next Sunday citizens can vote in a calm environment and that the electoral authority can carry out its work without external pressure.

Reference: E-018/17