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OAS Mission that Observed General Elections in Panama Presents Recommendations

  November 12, 2014

The Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) which, headed by the former Peruvian congresswoman Lourdes Flores Nano, observed Panama’s general elections on May 4th presented today ten recommendations with the objective of contributing to the improvement of the sound Panamanian democracy.

During an event organized by Panama’s Electoral Tribunal, the Chief of Mission presented 10 timely suggestions that resulted from direct observation on issues including electoral institutionalism, political participation of minorities in the elections, gender equality, campaign financing, electoral campaigning and overseas voting. Amongst them, the Mission highlights the consideration of reconvening the National Commission of Electoral Reforms to manage changes with inputs of civil society, political parties and electoral authorities.

The OAS Electoral Observation Mission (OAS/EOM) that, following instructions of Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, started to work on September 2013 was made up of 53 observers from 19 countries, including a core group of specialists who carried out a thorough analysis of the process. With this last visit to the country the Mission concludes its work in the field and will publish its final report in the coming months.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-489/14