Fecha: (11/21/2019 11:13:42 AM)
Panama City. The XXXIII Conference of the Association of Electoral Bodies of Central America and the Caribbean (Protocol of Tikal) took place August 22-23, 2019. The main theme of the event was “Electoral Democracy in the Digital Era.”
The inauguration of the activity featured Heriberto Araúz, President of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama; Carmen Imbert, Magistrate of the Central Electoral Board of the Dominican Republic, and José Thompson, Director of the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIHR/CAPEL), the Executive Secretariat of the Association.
Magistrate Araúz receives the Presidency pro témpore from Magistrate Carmen Imbert.
The agenda of the event included matters related to strategies of the member bodies with respect to social networks and dealing with digital threats, digital activism, fake news and the deep fake (manipulated videos). Among the activities was a panel on the strengthening of the electoral bodies for an effective management of the electoral processes.
Among the 17 agreements adopted were those related to the dissemination of good practices in the use of the TIC and the social networks to combat false information, the possibility of establishing units of digital means of communicatiopn with the support of the host Electoral Tribunal and promoting a relevant pact on ethics. In addition, there will be horizontal cooperation with the National Commission of Electoral Reform of Panama, which will be established in 2020.
Joining Mr. Thompson in the IIHR/CAPEL delegation were Sofía Vincenzi, Coordinator, and Tasheena Obando and Andrea Tercero, consultants.
Photographs courtesy of the Tribunal Electoral of Panama and “Mundo Electoral.”