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OAS Deploys 60 Observers and Experts for Federal Elections in Mexico

  June 2, 2015

The Mission of Foreign Visitors (MFV) of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Mexico, headed by the former President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, began today its work in the field ahead of the federal elections that will be held on June 7th. The Mission, comprised of 60 experts and observers from 22 countries, will be deployed across the 18 federative entities of the country.

Former President Chinchilla is already in Mexico City where she will hold meetings with electoral authorities, senators, candidates, members of different political parties and civil society, as well as with members of the international community accredited in the country. The Chief of Mission also met with various actors during a preliminary visit in April.

Following the mandates established in the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the OAS Mission observes different aspects of the electoral process such as organization and technology, the participation of women and men in the electoral process, participation of indigenous groups and people with disabilities, campaign financing, electoral justice and security. Furthermore, the OAS Mission will receive potential complaints or concerns from the different actors of the electoral process and will review and submit them to the competent authorities for their due process.

On the Monday following the election, the Mission will present its preliminary findings. Once the process is completed, the Mission will deliver a report to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States that will include the EOM observations and the recommendations.

The electoral missions of the OAS are recognized as a key tool for political cooperation and for contributing to the strengthening of the electoral processes of the region. Through them the OAS seeks to contribute to the impartiality, transparency and equity of the electoral processes.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-192/15