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OAS electoral observation mission visits Panama
Published on September 12, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

PANAMA CITY, Panama -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) in Panama on Wednesday began a visit to that member state to monitor the organization of the General Elections of May 4, 2014, in response to an invitation from the country’s electoral and governmental authorities.

To head this mission, the secretary general of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, appointed renowned Peruvian lawyer and politician, Lourdes Flores Nano. Flores Nano has held the positions of congresswoman, municipal councilor, and president of the Christian People’s Party, and ran as presidential candidate in Peru on two occasions. Furthermore, she has an outstanding international career and headed the OAS electoral observation mission during the 2012 elections in El Salvador.

On Wednesday morning, the chief of mission signed, along with the president of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama, the agreement on procedures for the mission’s observation. She will also hold meetings with various electoral, governmental and political authorities, as well as presidential candidates.

Since 1972, the OAS has accompanied and/or observed a total of nine elections in Panama. For the 2014 elections, the Organization is planning a long-term observation mission, as well as the deployment of a core group of experts and observers in order to be cognizant of both the electoral administration process and the political campaign.
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