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OAS Deploys Electoral Observers to Costa Rica

  February 2, 2010

The Mission of Electoral Observation of the Organization of American States (known as MOE/OEA for its Spanish acronym) that will accompany the General Elections of Sunday, February 7, has begun the deployment of its 52 observers from 18 Member States of the OAS, as well as from China, Spain and France. The Mission observers will be present in all Costa Rican provinces to follow the development of electoral organization and administration, as well as of the political campaign.

OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza designated former Colombian Foreign Minister María Emma Mejía as Chief of the Mission. Mejía also has been her country’s Minister of Education and of Foreign Relations, and Vice Presidential candidate with Horacio Serpa Uribe. In 2008, Mejía led the OAS Mission of Electoral Observation to Paraguay.

The Mission Chief has met Oscar Arias Sánchez, the President of the Republic of Costa Rica, as well as its Minister of Foreign Relations, Bruno Stagno Ugarte, and Communications Minister Mayi Antillón. Following their meeting, Mejía said: “Latin America has much to learn from a country like Costa Rica, of its political situation and democratic strength. Truly, we wish to admire the process being carried out here. We hope it will once again ratify its democracy.”
Furthermore, Mejía met with the country’s Supreme Electoral Court, and will meet the candidates for the Presidency of the Republic as well as pay visit to the authorities of the Supreme Electoral Court’s offices in Limón, Cartago and Alajuela.

The Mission will continue to attend various scheduled activities in the electoral calendar, especially those related to electoral organization, the development of the political campaign, electoral technology, and efforts being conducted to promote the electoral vote. Once the official election results have been announced, the Mission will release its observations and recommendations with respect to the various aspects of the electoral process in a report to be presented before the OAS Permanent Council.

Finally, the Mission wishes to highlight the importance of Costa Rican citizens becoming actively involved in this election and exercising their right to vote. In this way, they will contribute to maintain the democratic tradition that characterizes Costa Rica.

Reference: E-032/10