Friday, October 16, 2015. BMG: Ahead of the November 4th General Elections in Belize, which –depending on who you talk to- can swing either way, the Organization of American States sent out a press release today indicating that they will send an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the general elections.
According to the release, the agreement was signed today by the hemispheric Organization and the Government of Belize.
OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro is quoted as saying, “On October 25, the OAS will be deploying EOMs in Colombia, Guatemala, and Haiti. A few days later, it will be sending a mission to the legislative elections in Paraguay, and it is possible that there could be additional ones before year end, particularly in the Caribbean where the OAS has observed elections in all countries, except Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.”
“It is an active schedule that demonstrates the OAS EOMs are therefore making a meaningful contribution to the strengthening of democracy in the Hemisphere,” added Secretary General Almagro.
This is the second time that the OAS deployed an Election Observation Mission to Belize, after the 2012 general and municipal elections. In addition to the electoral process itself, the Mission will pay particular attention to political financing, electoral organization, and gender equity.
“The agreement on privileges and immunities signed during the ceremony provides that the OAS EOM will arrive in Belize a week prior to the elections. The Chairman of the OAS Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the Organization, Roy Chaderton, participated in the ceremony, which took place at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. Also present at the ceremony were the representatives of the missions of Mexico and Canada”.
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