Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation
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The Electoral Studies and Projects Section works to strengthen OAS electoral observation through the creation of innovative technical tools (methodologies) to observe key aspects of the electoral cycle, such as gender equality in electoral participation, media coverage of electoral campaigns, political financing, and the participation of vulnerable groups in elections. The section also works to build capacity in electoral institutions by transferring and disseminating knowledge and creating opportunities for the exchange of democratic practices in the region.
DECO has developed specific methodologies to observe different aspects of electoral processes.
DECO has conducted regional studies that gather, systematize, and analyze information on different aspects of electoral processes.
PROMOTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXCHANGE
Through meetings, seminars and training courses, DECO seeks to promote an effective exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices on electoral administration in the region.
AGREEMENTS WITH ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
Since 2010, DECO has strengthened its partnership with academic institutions, seeking to establish a permanent and professional service of observation and technical cooperation for OAS Member States.
DECO will continue working to strengthen electoral institutions through the creation, transfer and dissemination of knowledge.
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