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UNIORE mission observes elections in Puerto Rico

Fecha: (11/16/2016 9:36:05 AM)

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San Juan, Puerto Rico. Responding to an invitation of the Puerto Rico State Commission on Elections, a mission of the Inter-American Union of Electoral Bodies (UNIORE) visited that island November 5-9, 2016 to observe the elections.

The agenda of the mission included a series of informative and academic activities on the electoral process, among them lectures on “Financing Electoral Campaigns” by Manuel Torres Nieves, electoral comptroller; “Voting made easy- Voting at home” by Hugo Díaz Jordán, First Vice President of the State Commission, and “Voting in Penal Institutions” by Einar Ramos, Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation of Puerto Rico.

As is the custom, the delegations of the member bodies of UNIORE traveled to different parts of the island to observe the voting from the opening to the closing of the polls. In addition to the different polling places, they visited the Women’s Penal Institution in Bayamón and hospitals, the counting of the votes and, finally, they met to make an evaluation, which will be presented to the host electoral body.  

Elections in Puerto Rico are know for the different ways to vote, which have been designed to ensure that a larger number of citizens are able to vote; among them, voting in hospitals, at home, in prisons or by telephone. The elections are also characterized by the introduction of the System of Electronic Counting, which is a historical change in determining the outcome of the voting.

Participating in the mission were delegations of the UNIORE member bodies from  Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. The mission was led by María Elena Wapenka, President of UNIORE, who was aided by the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIDH/CAPEL), the Executive Secretariat of UNIORE.

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