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Chief of OAS Electoral Observation Mission to Guatemala Arrives in the Country

  June 10, 2019

The Chief of Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to the elections in Guatemala, former Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís, arrived in the country today for the general elections and elections to the Central American Parliament (Parlacen) to be held on June 16.

The Mission is made up of 84 observers from 23 nationalities, who will be deployed in the 22 departments of the country and two of the voting centers abroad: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States and New York, United States. The group of specialists will carry out a substantive analysis of the key issues: electoral organization, electoral technology, campaign financing, electoral justice, electoral security, political participation of women, political participation of indigenous people and afro-descendants, the vote abroad and the party system.

The Mission will meet with the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, members of the government, other state authorities, presidential candidates, political parties and civil society organizations to hear their positions on the process.

On election day, the observers will visit voting centers to accompany and analyze the vote, from the opening of centers to the vote count and transmission. Next, the Mission will present a preliminary report with findings and recommendations to contribute to the strengthening of the Guatemalan electoral system. The final report will be later presented to the OAS Permanent Council.

Reference: E-039/19