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OAS to Deploy Expert Mission for Judicial Elections in Bolivia

  November 22, 2017

The Organization of American States (OAS) will deploy an Electoral Experts Mission for the December 3 judicial elections in Bolivia headed by former Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Guillaume Long, according to the agreement signed today by the General Secretariat of the OAS and the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, announced that the Mission will arrive on November 27 and will observe substantial aspects of the process in areas such as electoral organization and technology. "Considering the singularity of this process, we will have specialists in judicial matters to analyze in depth the specificities of this type of election. This Mission is a reflection of the technical capacity of our experts to observe different types of elections maintaining the standards of professionalism,” said Almagro.

The Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the OAS, Diego Pary, signed at the OAS headquarters in Washington D.C., the Agreement on the privileges and immunities of the observers, while the President of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Katia Uriona, will sign, in La Paz, the Agreement on observation procedures, which grants the Mission’s members full access to the electoral bodies and to the information necessary for the exercise of their functions.

Ambassador Pary thanked the OAS for participating in this electoral process in his country and assured that "35 years after the recovery of democracy, Bolivia continues to strengthen its electoral and democratic processes, both nationally and regionally and, since 2011, with the election of authorities of the Judiciary and the Constitutional Court. My country has been one of the most active hosting Electoral Observation Missions in the different electoral processes. As we have been beneficiaries of the voluntary contributions, in reciprocity we have also contributed to other missions through the Voluntary Fund."

This is the second election of the High Authorities of the Judiciary and Plurinational Constitutional Court observed by the OAS, and the seventeenth election that the Organization has observed in Bolivia.

With more 55 years of experience in electoral observation, the OAS has deployed 250 missions since 1962 in 27 countries of the region.

Press Contact: Diego Páez (DPaez@oas.org)

Reference: E-085/17