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OAS Electoral Observation Mission Makes Preliminary Visit to Panama

  March 27, 2014

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) begins today the second visit to Panama in order to gather information on the progress of the organization of the general elections of May 4, 2014.

Within the context of the EOM, the Chief of Mission, Lourdes Flores Nano, appointed by the Secretary General of the OAS for this task, will hold meetings with various electoral authorities, government officials, member of political parties, and presidential candidates, as well as representatives of the international community in the country.

The Mission will be composed of 50 experts and observers that will be deployed throughout the country from the first days of April. The Mission will observe different aspects of the process, including organization and election technology, political financing, and participation of men and women in the electoral process, among others.

Since 1972, the OAS has accompanied and/or observed a total of nine elections in the Central American country. As on previous occasions, the Mission will present a report to the Permanent Council of the Organization in which it will outline observations and recommendations in order to help improve the Panamanian electoral system.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-110/14