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OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Peru Begins Operations

  March 15, 2011

The Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States for the general elections of April 10 in Peru began its operations today in the South American country under the direction of Dante Caputo, Special Advisor to the OAS Secretary General.

At the outset, former Argentine Foreign Minister Caputo, designated by Secretary General José Miguel Insulza to fulfill this role, paid a visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru, José Antonio García Belaúnde, with whom he spoke about the work of the Mission he heads. Afterwards he held meetings with authorities from the National Jury of Elections (JNE) and the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE), and began meetings with the presidential candidates and the diverse political forces that will participate in the general elections.

The OAS Mission will be made up of 70 observers to be deployed throughout the Peruvian territory to observe the elections in which the Peruvian people will elect a president, vice president, members of Congress and members of the Andean Parliament.

The purpose of the EOM is to follow the electoral process beginning with the phase preceding the voting until the announcement of the results, and to observe the behavior of all electoral actors in the context of the country’s Constitution and the electoral norms. The work of preparation and organization of the elections also will be followed, as well as the process of voting, counting, transmission and tallying of the results.

The Mission will collaborate with electoral authorities and different political actors in their own efforts to achieve the greatest possible integrity, transparency and trust during the next elections. Complaints, concerns or worries brought to the attention of the EOM will be followed up; they will be shared with the pertinent institutions, and the response and treatment given to them will be observed.

The Mission urges all citizens to participate actively in the general elections of April 10. Furthermore, it calls upon political actors to behave in accordance with the principles of transparency, respect, tolerance and legality.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-568/11