SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica The Chief of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS), the former Mexican presidential candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota, arrived on Monday in San José to lead the tasks of the OAS technical team for the presidential and legislative elections on Sunday, February 2.
During her stay in Costa Rica, the chief of mission of the EOM/OAS will meet with electoral and governmental authorities, political leaders, media, representatives of civil society and other actors in the electoral process.
The deployment of the mission, which began on January 9, was completed this week with the arrival of the final contingent of specialists. The EOM/OAS is made up of 16 specialists from eight nationalities (Chile, Colombia, United States, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela) and will carry out its observation mission emphasizing the implementation of three methodologies to observe equity in media coverage of the electoral campaigns, in access to political-electoral financing, and in the participation of men and women throughout the electoral process.
This is the eleventh election the OAS has observed in the country since Costa Rica became in 1962 the first country in which the Organization deployed an electoral observation mission. Since then, the OAS has accompanied presidential, legislative, and municipal elections as well as referendums in the country. During that time, the OAS witnessed the commitment of the Costa Rican people to democracy and their openness to observation and the improvement of electoral processes.
The day following the elections, Monday February 3, Vázquez Mota will present a summary of the mission in a press conference for national and international media. Once the electoral process has concluded, the EOM/OAS will present its observations and recommendations to the Permanent Council of the Organization in Washington, DC.