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OAS and Honduras Sign Agreement for the Observation Mission to the General Elections in November

  August 1, 2013

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the Permanent Representative of Honduras to the hemispheric Organization, Leonidas Rosa Bautista, today signed the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of Observers, which provides the conditions for the work of the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) that will accompany the general elections of November 24 in the Central American country.

At the ceremony for the signing of the agreement, held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, Secretary General Insulza recalled that the OAS "has some experience in Honduras dating back to the 2001 general elections, which shows that we already have a strong and lasting electoral cooperation."

"We want this election to successfully conclude a process that has been going on for several years, and for that we will have a group of 70 international observers who will be deployed throughout the country, and a core group of experts and specialists in areas such as electoral organization, electoral law, media, and political analysis and logistics, among other areas," said the leader of the hemispheric Organization, who appointed the former Chilean Minister Enrique Correa as Chief of Mission.

The Secretary General also noted that the EOM in Honduras will carry out a comprehensive analysis that will include topics of campaign financing and the incorporation of gender perspectives and women's participation, and announced that during his first visit to the Central American country, the Chief of Mission will meet with the different candidates, electoral, governmental and political authorities as well as with representatives of the national and international community.

For his part, the Permanent Representative of Honduras to the OAS thanked the General Secretariat for its cooperation, and emphasized "the important changes that have taken place in electoral observation, making it an important player in the legitimization of democratic processes in the Hemisphere."

"Honduras supports the election observation activities being conducted by the OAS, and is convinced that they help contribute to democracy and transparency of the elections and to keeping citizens’’ vote secret, universal, and direct," said Ambassador Rosa Bautista.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

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Reference: E-291/13