Fecha: (9/8/2017 2:34:21 PM)
Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The XXXI Conference of the Association of Electoral Bodies of Central America and the Caribbean (Protocol of Tikal) took place August 1-3, 2017 with the participation of representatives of the electoral bodies of the countries of the region and its Executive Secretariat, the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIHR/CAPEL), headed by its Director, José Thompson, who is also Executive Director of the Institute.
On the first day of the event, after welcoming remarks by Mr. Thompson, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Elections of Costa Rica handed over the Presidency of the Association to its Honduran counter-part. This was followed by an inaugural panel at which Mauricio Tayupanta, a member of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador, spoke on “Political Rights and Inclusion in Elections: Mechanisms of Cooperation and an Exchange of Experiences.” In the afternoon there was a workshop on “Diversity, Inclusion and Political Participation,” the results of which were presented to the plenary.
A workshop on “Concrete Actions from Electoral Bodies: Horizontal Cooperation” was held on August 3. After a discussion on the conclusions presented by the working groups, the plenary considered the report of the Executive Secretariat. Finally, there was an opportunity to discuss matters of interest to the Association and to approve the agreements of the Conference.
An agreement of cooperation among the various participating bodies regarding the inclusion of disabled persons in the electoral process was signed on August 2. In addition, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Honduras signed a memorandum of understanding with the Network of Women of Indigenous and Afro-Honduran Peoples and introduced the “Clean Politics” law.
The delegation of the Executive Secretariat included Sofía Vincenzi, Coordinator of IIHR/CAPEL, Tasheena Obando and Andrea Tercero.