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OAS to Support Ecuador in the Electoral Automation Process

  March 11, 2011

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Ecuador, Omar Simon, today signed an agreement to provide electoral technical cooperation in the area of automation and vote counting in electoral processes.

During a signing ceremony, held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, the Secretary General thanked "the trust that governments place on us so we can provide them support on electoral matters," and noted that for several years the OAS has observed "a significant number of electoral events in Ecuador, including the constitutional referendum that led to the creation of a new constitution for the country."

The head of the hemispheric organization referred to the assistance the OAS has provided to the CNE in the consolidation and strengthening of the technical and operational capabilities of the members of the Intermediate Vote-Counting Boards, which allowed "substantial improvement in the good work done by the electoral authorities of the country." He further added that the technical cooperation project signed today will "further this effort through a complete analysis of existing systems and a technical feasibility study."

The representative of the CNE, for his part, recognized the support, experience and contributions received from the OAS and said that "we hope that this attempt to adopt an automation process will help generate in the different actors greater confidence in the electoral system." Simon explained that the objective is not only to bring greater efficiency and modernity to the Ecuadorian electoral system, but also make it more secure.

The regulatory framework for the implementation of the Cooperation Project will be implemented in two phases: first, a feasibility study will be performed, and then support will be provided for the implementation of the automation process.

The signing ceremony was also attended by OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin, and the Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the OAS, Maria Isabel Salvador, as well as other Member Country representatives and senior officials of the organization.

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Reference: E-563/11