OAS OBSERVATION MISSION VISITS BRAZIL AHEAD OF OCTOBER PRESIDENTIAL POLLS

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The leader of an Electoral Observation Mission from the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) to the Oct 7 general election in Brazil, former Costa Rica president Laura Chinchilla, has arrived in Brasilia to learn about the progress made in the organization of the election.

This is the first time that the OAS has observed an electoral process in Brazil. In the context of this preliminary visit, Chinchilla is scheduled to meet President Michel Temer at the Planalto Palace here. On Thursday, she will sign with Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira the agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the OAS observers for the elections.

The OAS delegation will also hold meetings with the various players in the electoral process, including authorities from the Superior Electoral Tribunal, political parties and their candidates, representatives of the Prosecutor's Office and members of the Supreme Federal Tribunal, among others.

The OAS Electoral Observation Mission will begin its deployment at the end of September and will be made up of experts in electoral organization and technology, campaign financing, political participation of women, electoral justice, media and participation of indigenous and Afro-descendant populations.

The mission will also include regional co-ordinators and observers that will deploy throughout the national territory to observe the development of the elections.

Since 1962, the OAS has deployed more than 255 missions in 27 countries of the region with the objective of supporting the efforts of member states to improve the organization and administration of their electoral processes. Brazil is the 28th country to receive an OAS Electoral Observation Mission.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK