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  September 15, 2003

The Organization of American States has launched a Website for the
The initiative stems from the Inter-American Meeting of Electoral Authorities, held in Panama last March, when the Network itself was created to promote exchange of experiences and best practices in electoral matters and to help the countries and their electoral institutions collaborate more closely to enhance democracy in the hemisphere.

In introducing the Website on Friday, Elizabeth Spehar, Executive Coordinator of the OAS Unit for the Promotion of Democracy (UPD), noted how important the initiative is towards further consolidating democracy in the OAS member states, given that “the holding of all-inclusive and transparent elections is a prerequisite for a proper-functioning democracy that is legitimate and representative.”

She explained that the new site is based on the UPD’s experience in more than 16 electoral technical assistance projects and more than 70 electoral observation missions over the last 13 years.

In his remarks, Eduardo Valdés Escoffery, Presiding Magistrate of Panama’s Electoral Tribunal, lauded the UPD’s initiative, noting: “The Inter-American Electoral Technology Network is another clear example of how, by making a single investment, new technological tools can be used to bring together and benefit all the electoral agencies in this network.”

UPD Principal Specialist Moisés Benamor gave a demonstration on the resources of the site, which can be accessed at

OAS Secretary General César Gaviria, ambassadors from OAS member states and other officials attended the presentation.

Reference: E-176/03