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OAS and Honduras Sign Agreement for Technical Cooperation on Electoral Matters

  July 23, 2012

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Honduras today signed an agreement for the Provision of Technical Cooperation in Electoral Matters, by which the regional organization will provide assistance and training to the Central American country with the aim of strengthening its electoral system.

"The celebration of this important agreement falls under the mandate of the OAS to support Member States in their efforts to strengthen democratic institutions such as the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Honduras," said Secretary General José Miguel Insulza during the signing ceremony, held at the headquarters of the organization in Washington, DC.

Secretary General Insulza said the agreement enables the OAS to advise the TSE on the primary elections of November 18, ahead of the upcoming general elections. “The TSE has identified among its priorities for the OAS technical cooperation areas such as audits of the national census and the electoral processes of computation and transmission of preliminary results, and other projects that may be brought into use in the framework of this agreement," said the Secretary General.

"We look forward to contributing in other areas with the signing of this framework cooperation agreement, which will enable further institutional strengthening of the TSE and the electoral system of the Republic of Honduras," the head of the OAS.

The President of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Honduras, José Saúl Escobar, who signed the document, thanked the OAS for its "cooperation with Honduran democracy" and its support in the primary elections at the end of the year, in which four political parties will participate.

The Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Albert Ramdin, the Chair of the Permanent Council and Ambassador of Jamaica, Stephen Vasciannie, the Secretary of Political Affairs of the OAS, Kevin Casas-Zamora, and the Judges of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Honduras, David Matamoros and Henry Cortez were also present at the ceremony.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

The video of the event will be available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-264/12