Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation
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The Electoral Technical Cooperation Section implements projects and activities that contribute to the modernization and improvement of the quality of services provided by electoral bodies.
Some of the areas of work of this section are:
electoral technology, electoral registry, residential vote, electoral mapping, legal reform, electoral organization, institutional strengthening, quality management and certification against ISO Standards, and citizen participation.
DECO supports electoral authorities in the region, which so request, in their efforts to generate reliable electoral registries. It conducts this cooperation through audits, and the implementation of effective strategies for updating and cleansing electoral registry data, as well as projects supporting voter registration.
DECO provides technical support to electoral bodies through the implementation of quality management systems and certification under ISO standards. In February 2014, the new Electoral ISO International Standard (ISO / TS 17582) was published.
DECO provides cooperation to electoral authorities in the design, support and analysis of technological systems and processes. It also provides advice on the development of vote counting systems and the transmission, presentation and publication of election results, as well as performing audits to transmission systems.
The impartial and independent observation of elections promotes transparency and builds trust in the electoral process and is one of the fundamental tools of the OAS to help strengthen democracy in the region.
Preliminary Report of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission In Dominica