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OAS Deploys Electoral Observation Mission in Bolivia

  March 23, 2015

The Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Bolivia, headed by the former President of Guatemala Álvaro Colom, appointed to the position by Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, began this week their work ahead of the regional elections of March 29.

Former President Colom arrived today in La Paz, where he will hold meetings with electoral authorities, government representatives, candidates, members of various political parties and civil society, as well as representatives of the international community in the Andean country. He will be received today by President Evo Morales, and will sign, together with the President of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Wilma Velasco, the Agreement on the Procedure of Observation.

The EOM/OAS will deploy observers to six departments in the country to directly witness the development of the electoral process. The Mission will also closely monitor the effects of the ruling of the Tribunal that suspended the legal status of the electoral alliance Democratic Unity in Beni, inhibiting the participation of more than 220 candidates. Following the mandates established in the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the EOM/OAS will later present a report with observations and recommendations on these elections to support the improvement of the Bolivian electoral system.

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Reference: E-096/15