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OAS Mission to Belize Pleased with electoral process in Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 March 2012 00:00

OASA contingent of 23 observers from 13 countries in the western hemisphere which make up the Organization of American States have been in the country from last week and the impressions they have of Belize’s elections is a positive one.


The Guardian spoke to the head of the mission Frank Almaguer who explained that the role of the mission is to understand the Belizean Electoral Process. He said the contingent came at the invitation of the electoral authorities and added that the contingent has been deployed all over the country. The aim is to visit almost all voting locations in the country and follow the process until the votes are counted.

At the end of the mission he says they will issue a quick informal report followed thereafter by a longer, more in depth report to the Organization of American States. That report will outline the mission’s thoughts and recommendations as well as lessons learnt. These he said will be shared with members states so that with the experiences of the country being monitored can improve its electoral process and member countries can learn from experiences of other countries.

As far as the impressions of the group so far, Almaguer explained that the contingent has been very warmly received by authorities, political parties and also by Belizeans on the street.

The delegation came in the middle of last week and up to Tuesday March 6th had visited 5 of the 6 districts. The Delegation Head explained that based on what they have seen the country is in close adhearance to the rules and the preparation leading up to and election.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 March 2012 14:03