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UNIORE and Uruguayan Departmental and Municipal Elections

Fecha: (11/16/2020 11:13:58 AM)

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San José, Costa Rica. At 1 pm (Uruguayan time) on September 27, 2020, the Presidents of the Inter-American Union of Electoral Bodies (UNIORE) and of the Protocol of Quito, as well as the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIDH/CAPEL), as the Executive Secretariat of the two bodies, participated in a virtual meeting with the Magistrates of the Electoral Court of Uruguay to learn of developments regarding the departmental and municipal elections. 

At the meeting, the Magistrates informed that 100% of the polling places were open and that 36% of the electorate had voted. They emphasized that a staff member had been named to verify compliance with the sanitation protocol and that the majority of the members of the polling places had been trained virtually. In addition, the Magistrates indicated that the Electoral Court had not limited any electoral guarantee and that they had only requested that the political parties and the voters comply with the sanitation protocol.

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At 7:30 pm, the Electoral Court organized a second meeting to report on the conclusion of the day. The Magistrates emphasized the high rate of participation (around 86%), the compliance with the sanitation protocol and the coordination among the different State institutions enabled the election to contribute to the common good, as well as pointing out that the figure of a “facilitator” had been accepted as a guide for the successful completion of the day.

Pariticipating in both events were representatives of the electoral bodies holding the UNIORE presidency: the Electoral Tribunal of the Judiciary of the Federation and the National Electoral Institute, both of Mexico, and that of the Protocol of Quito, presided by the Electoral Service and the Qualifying Tribunal of Elections, both of Chile. 

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IIDH/CAPEL was represented by its Director, José Thompson, and by its Coordinator, Sofía Vincenzi.

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