Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation


Electoral Training Seminars

The Secretariat for Political Affairs of the Organization of American States, through its Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) and in conjunction with the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) of the United Mexican States and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) will hold the Fifth Inter-American Electoral Training Seminar that will be held in Mexico City, Mexico from the 26th of November until the 30th of November, 2012.

These events have brought officials from electoral bodies in the region together to share experiences with their counterparts from other countries as well as experts on a variety of issues related to the electoral process, such as the relationship between electoral bodies, political parties and the media.   The seminars emphasize the development of projects so that representatives of electoral bodies put what they learned in the training seminar into practice.

As a counterpart initiative to the Inter-American electoral training seminars, DECO developed the Certificate Program on Electoral Processes in the Americas with the objective of deepening the academic preparation of the staff of electoral authorities in the hemisphere.