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UNIORE mission observes general elections in Ecuador

Fecha: (2/23/2017 9:43:16 AM)

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Quito, Ecuador. An observer mission of the Inter-American Union of Electoral Bodies (UNIORE) spent the week of February 15 in various activities relating to the general elections and referendum in Ecuador that took place on the 19th. The activities included meetings on February 15 and 16 with members of the National Electoral Council  (CNE), Judges of the Contentious Electoral Tribunal (TCE), as well as Directors and Coordinators of the electoral process. In addition, on the first day of the visit the Memorandum of Understanding between UNIORE and CNE, which contains the guidelines for the visit, was ratified.

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On Thursday, February 16, some members of the UNIORE electoral bodies witnessed the voting of prisoners awaiting sentence, others went to Guayaquil, Manabí and Cuenca, while those who remained in Quito met with representatives of the main political parties. The following day, members observed the voting of disabled persons, who were exercising their right of suffrage under the program of “voting at home”.

On the 19th, the mission divided into different groups to observe election day. At the end of the day, there was an evaluation with the objective of gathering together the comments and observations, which were presented the following day in the form of a preliminery report to the electoral authorities.

The mission, headed by María Elena Wapenka, UNIORE President and judge of the Superior Tribunal of Electoral Justice of Paraguay, was comprised of judges and staff of the electoral  bodies of Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. Also participating was the delegation of the UNIORE Executive Secretariat (IIHR/CAPEL) comprised of the IIHR Executive Director and Director of CAPEL, José Thompson, and staff members Sofía Vincenzi and Tasheena Obando.

Pictured at the signing of theMemorandum are Luz Haro and Nubia Villacís, Alternate Judge and Vice President of CNE, respectively;; María Elena Wapenka, UNIORE President; Juan Pablo Pozo, CNE President; José Thompson, Director of IIHR/CAPEl; and Ana Marcela Paredes and Mauricio Tayupanta, CNE Advisor.

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