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OAS Mission of Experts Begins Work on Reforms to the Honduran Electoral System

  October 24, 2018

Experts from the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States arrived today in Honduras to begin their work on a proposal for electoral reforms that was requested by the National Congress.

The group of experts will carry out a diagnostic of the existing legislation in the country, in the context of the observations and recommendations of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission deployed for the 2017 general elections. Following that, they will deliver an electoral reform proposal to the Congress in December.

Beginning on Thursday, the group will meet with members of Congress, political parties, authorities, civil society organizations and academics to learn about the various points of view and exchange positions in terms of electoral reform. A second visit will take place in November.

The members of the delegation are Cristóbal Fernández, Head of the Electoral Technical Cooperation Section of the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO/OAS); Gerardo Sánchez, DECO specialist; Rodrigo Morales, coordinator of the group of experts; and consultants Rebecca Cox, María Antonia Quiroz, Salvador Romero and Rotsay Rosales, experts in electoral issues.

The work of the OAS team is autonomous and independent, and take place within the framework of the letter of understanding signed on October 15 between the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States, represented by Secretary General Luis Almagro, and the National Congress of the Republic of Honduras, represented by its President, Mauricio Oliva.

Reference: E-064/18