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OAS and Paraguay Sign Electoral Observation Mission Agreement

  October 8, 2010

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Paraguay today signed an agreement to facilitate the work of an OAS Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) that will follow the municipal elections to be held in the South American country on November 7, 2010.

The agreement between the General Secretariat of the hemispheric organization and the Government of the Republic of Paraguay regarding the privileges and immunities of the EOM was signed today by the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Albert R. Ramdin, and the Permanent Representative of Paraguay to the OAS, Hugo Saguier.

Ambassador Ramdin called the signing of the agreement “a special moment,” and added that it is “one of the most important ways for the OAS to show that we care for the processes of democracy in your country and in other countries of the hemisphere.”

During the signing ceremony, held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, the Assistant Secretary General also wished that “these elections will be well organized, free, credible and that they will give the opportunity to all Paraguayans to vote and to choose their own council members and mayors.”

Paraguayans are expected to vote for mayors and council members in the municipal elections of November 7, which will be observed by a 55-member EOM team.

Ambassador Saguier thanked the OAS for this valuable service, highlighting the fact that the hemispheric organization has observed elections in Paraguay since the return of democracy to that country in 1989. “Since then the cooperation and presence of the OAS has been permanent,” he said. “The Government of Paraguay is very grateful that once more the OAS is making itself available to collaborate and follow Paraguay during elections that are very important to continue to consolidate democracy in our country.”

A photo gallery of the event will be available here soon.

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Reference: E-371/10