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OAS Deploys Electoral Observation Mission for the Second Presidential Round in Ecuador

  October 9, 2023

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) began its deployment ahead of the second presidential round on October 15 in Ecuador.

The Electoral Mission, headed by the former Vice President and former Foreign Minister of Panama Isabel de Saint Malo, is made up of 81 specialists and observers from 19 countries, who will follow up on key aspects such as electoral organization, voting abroad, electoral technology, electoral justice and political-electoral violence. In the first round, the OAS MIssion also observed telematic voting, political financing, and the political participation of women and indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples.

During their work in Ecuador, the members of the OAS Mission will meet again with the presidential tickets, electoral and government authorities, political leaders and representatives of civil society and the international community, which will allow them to continue their analysis of the electoral process in progress. On election day, they will visit voting centers in 20 provinces in the country, as well as in Washington, D.C. and Madrid, to see first-hand how the day unfolds from the setup of the tables to the transmission of the results.

After the ballot, the OAS Mission will present a preliminary report with its observations and recommendations.

This is the twenty-sixth (26) time that the OAS has deployed a Mission to observe electoral processes in Ecuador, and it is possible thanks to the financial contributions of Brazil, Canada, Spain, the United States, France, the Netherlands, Panama and Peru.

Reference: E-064/23