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XIII UNIORE Conference and special meeting of Protocol of Quito

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Asunción, Paraguay. The XIII Conference of the Inter-American Union of Electoral Bodies (UNIORE) was inaugurated on October 27, 2016 to discuss electoral reforms in the countries of the region. On this occasion, the Qualifying Tribunal of Elections of Chile (TCE) temporarily handed over the presidency of UNIORE to the Superior Tribunal of Electoral Justice of Paraguay (TJSE). The Tribunals were represented by its President, Patricio Valdés, and María Elena Wapenka, a Paraguayan Minister, respectively. Witnessing the event were Jaime Bestard and Alberto Ramírez, President and Vice President of the TJSE; Miriam Peña, judge of the Supreme Court of Justice of Paraguay and José Thompson, IIHR Executive Director and Director of the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIDH/CAPEL), the Executive Secretariat of UNIORE.

One of the high points on the agenda was the recognition of Erasmo Pinilla, current President of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama for his efforts in achieving the objectives of UNIORE in its XIII Conference.

The inaugural lecture was by Flavia Freidenberg, of the Institute of Juridical Research of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma of Mexico, who spoke on “Electoral Reform: Tendencies and Challenges for Latin America.” In the afternoon the participants were divided into working groups.

There were panels on October 28 regarding the “Financing Elections and the Divulgation of Preliminary Results: Different Experiences” plus the report of the Executive Secretariat and a discussion on relevant matters. The Conference ended with resolutions on different items.

The XIII Conference was preceded on October 26 with a special meeting of the Association of Electoral Bodes of South America (Protocol of Quito). The delegations of Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay discussed matters of interest and, among other decisions, fixed the date (February 2017) and place (Quito) for their XIX Conference.

In addition to the above-mentioned delegations, representatives of the electoral bodies of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and Uruguay attended the UNIORE Conference. The Executive Secretariat of both UNIORE and the Protocol of Quito were represented by Mr. Thompson, along with Tasheena Obando and Sofía Vincenzi.

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