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  November 25, 2009

The Secretary General of the Organization of the American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the Organization, José Enrique Castillo Barrantes, signed Wednesday an agreement to establish the terms of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission to the general elections on February 7.

The signing ceremony took place at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., and was also attended by the Director of the Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO), Pablo Gutierrez. The Secretary General was grateful for “the confidence” shown to the OAS by the signing of the agreement, and highlighted that to fulfill the mission “specialists in areas such as electoral organization, electoral legislation, press, coordination of observers, political analysis and logistics will cover the whole country.”

The Secretary General recalled that the OAS already observed many electoral processes in the Central American country, and mentioned particularly the efficiency that marked the processing of results in the referendum for the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) that took place in October 2007. “We will do our best and we do not expect to have any problems, because we never have.”

Costa Rica will elect 1,050 public offices in the upcoming General Election on February 7, 2009, among them President, Vice President and 57 members of the Provincial Legislative Assembly.

The Agreement on Procedures for the Electoral Observation will be signed December 2 in San Jose City between the OAS General Secretariat, represented by the Head of Mission María Emma Mejia (former Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia), and the President of the Supreme Electoral Court of Costa Rica, Luis Antonio Sobrado.

Reference: E-396/09