Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation


The Inter-American Meetings of Electoral Management Bodies seek to promote the effective exchange of knowledge, experiences, and best practices in electoral administration in the region. In particular, the meetings facilitate horizontal cooperation in efforts to continuously strengthen institutional capacities and further improve electoral systems in the Americas.

To date, seven Inter-American Meetings of Electoral Management Bodies have been held. The first took place in March 2003 in Panama City, Panama, where participants discussed the importance of consensus among political actors in order to implement technological changes and promote necessary legal reforms in this area. In subsequent meetings, participants discussed the effective use of new technologies at different stages of the electoral process, sharing best practices designed to ensure the accurate and efficient transmission of results, among other things. In April 2008 in Quito, Ecuador, representatives of the region's electoral management bodies explored efforts to strengthen public confidence in the electoral process, focusing particularly on three issues: political financing, electoral participation, and technology ... more »

The Association of Caribbean Electoral Organizations (ACEO) was created in 1998 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as a clearinghouse for information and inter-institutional cooperation that today brings together 14 electoral management bodies. Since the ACEO's beginnings, the Organization of American States has supported the Caribbean organization's meetings.

To date, the ACEO has held four meetings, three in Jamaica and one in Barbados. During these gatherings, electoral authorities have had the chance to share experiences on issues as diverse as voting accessibility, political party and campaign financing, electoral technologies in the Caribbean, and the role of civil society, political parties, and the media in supporting electoral authorities, to name a few.

III Encuentro Interamericano de Expertos y Representantes de Organismos Electorales