Sunday, September 14, 2014

OAS and IFES Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Strengthen Electoral Observation Systems

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the President and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), William Sweeney, signed a Memorandum of Understanding today through which both institutions will strengthen their already established cooperation on electoral observation systems.

During the ceremony, Secretary General Insulza highlighted the collaboration between the OAS and IFES, and the interests shared by the two organizations to strengthen democracy. He recalled that the promotion and defense of democracy is—along with human rights, development, and security—one of the pillars that guide the work of the OAS, thus, making the electoral processes a top priority for the institution. "We have observed elections in the region for over 50 years, and we are proud of our observation system," he said.

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