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OAS Mission Begins Deployment of International Observers in Mexico

  June 25, 2012

The Organization of American States (OAS), responding to an invitation extended by the government of Mexico, has sent an Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) for the Federal Electoral Process that will take place on July 1, 2012.

The OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, designated the former President of Colombia, Cesar Gaviria, as Chief of the OAS/EOM. Last May, the Chief of Mission went for a preliminary visit to Mexico on which he met with different local participants in the electoral process. After formally installing the Mission, Gaviria has held interviews and meetings with electoral, political and governmental authorities, as well as representatives of the national and international community.

The OAS/EOM also observed the simulation of the transmission of results TREP that took place on June 10 and, since Thursday June 21, began the deployment of its 91 observers from 18 different countries of the Americas and Europe. The Mission will accompany the electoral process throughout the territory of Mexico, observing its organization and the unfolding of the vote.

The OAS/EOM will observe the Federal Electoral Process applying, among other things, a methodology of gender and another of financing of politics. The first aims to analyze the participation of women in different aspects of the electoral process: the access of women to being elected, their position in the makeup of polling places and the level of female participation; the second methodology will focus on the relationship between politics and money, particularly in campaign financing and the accountability of political organizations to the electoral authority.

The Mission will monitor any complaints, uncertainties or concerns that may arise during the electoral process and will deliver them to the authorities charged with processing them.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-230/12