Why are OAS Electoral Observation Missions important?
They are one of the instruments the OAS can draw on to promote and consolidate democracy in the Americas.
They establish a clear commitment—to the government and to the people—to strengthen the principle of holding free, periodic elections.
They are viewed as an impartial and independent entity, capable of making concrete contributions to improve the electoral process.
Basic Observation Principles
Objectivity and neutrality
Respect for the domestic laws of the host country
Non-substitution of national stakeholders
Objectives of OAS Electoral Observation Missions
Observe the actions of the key players in the electoral process in order to verify compliance with election laws in effect in the host country; analyze the development of election laws in the host country; analyze the unfolding of the electoral process in the context of standards adopted by the OAS member states; and take note of what has been observed and inform the Secretary General and the Permanent Council.
Work with governmental and electoral authorities, as well as citizens in general, to ensure the impartiality, transparency, and reliability of the electoral process.
Foster a climate of public confidence and encourage citizen participation.
Serve as a conduit to find and build on points of consensus in conflict situations involving different participants in the electoral process, should this be necessary.
Make recommendations to help improve the electoral system.
Show international support and inter-American solidarity for an impartial, transparent, and reliable electoral process.