OAS electoral observation mission arrives in Belize

BELIZE CITY, Belize — Ambassador Frank Almaguer, the chief of mission of the Organization of American States electoral observation mission in Belize (OAS/EOM) has arrived in Belize City to lead the team that will be deployed for the general and municipal elections of March 7, 2012.

The OAS/EOM will be observing the election in response to a formal invitation received from the government of Belize and will formally begin its work today following the signing of the electoral observation agreement between the OAS and the Elections and Boundaries Commission.

“I am delighted and honoured to lead this first ever OAS/EOM to Belize,” said Almaguer.

“One of the guiding principles of this OAS/EOM is to help create an atmosphere of public trust and encourage citizen participation in the electoral process. In this light I will be meeting and conducting interviews with the electoral authorities, political, governmental and international community representatives, as well as with members of the media and of civil society in Belize to gain a thorough understanding of the electoral dynamic,” he added.

The OAS/EOM team will observe the electoral process in the days leading up to the election as well as election day activities from the opening of the polls to the counting and dissemination of the results.

In the days following the election, the OAS/EOM will present its findings during a local press conference and will subsequently present a report to the Organization’s Permanent Council in Washington, DC.

Almaguer is the former US ambassador to Honduras and previously served as OAS secretary for administration and finance. http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/headline-OAS-electoral-observation-mission-arrives-in-Belize-10031.html



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