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OAS Mission Deploys 74 Observers for the Second Round of Elections in Colombia

  June 12, 2014

The Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Colombia, headed by the former President of Costa Rica José María Figueres, began its final deployment ahead of the second round of the presidential elections on June 15.

The Mission is composed of 74 observers from 25 countries and will be present in 24 departments in the country. During the days prior to the election, the Chief of Mission, designated by the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, will hold meetings with various actors in the electoral process.

Since the previous elections, the Mission has carried out a comprehensive analysis of the electoral process that includes issues such as electoral technology, campaign financing, electoral security, the vote abroad and the resolution of electoral disputes.

On Monday following the election, the Mission will make public its observations on the election and, once the electoral process is complete, will deliver a report to the Permanent Council of the Organization which will cover the legislative and presidential elections.

The Electoral Observation Missions of the OAS are recognized as a key tool for political cooperation to contribute to the electoral processes in the region. Through them, the OAS seeks to contribute to the impartiality, transparency, and equity in electoral processes.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-248/14