The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, spoke at the Sixth Inter-American Meeting of Electoral Authorities in Ottawa, Canada, and presented the conclusions and recommendations of electoral experts and representatives of member states of the OAS that attended the second regional meeting held in Caracas on the 11 and 12 of June.
Twenty-three nations of the Americas participated in the meeting, at which Lucena emphasized the recognition of the implementation of new electoral technology, as a tool to guarantee voting rights and to hold transparent and dependable elections in the hemisphere.
Lucena reiterated that the electoral delegates saluted the initiative of the CNE to advance the Framework Agreement for Electoral Cooperation with Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council and the proposal of the Dominican Republic’s Electoral Assembly to sign an international cooperation agreement with the CNE to create a pilot program for automated voting system for the upcoming elections of May 2010.
As part of her conclusion, she announced that in the second semester of this year there will be a meeting of Electoral Bodies and Authorities of the member nations of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).
Likewise, it was established that the 3rd Inter-American Meeting of Experts and Representatives of Electoral Bodies will be held in Caracas next year. In this meting, an outline will be presented highlighting the common criterion and best practices that electoral bodies and authorities utilize to guarantee the management and control of the electoral processes.
This is the second consecutive year that conclusions and recommendations have been presented to the meeting of electoral authorities of the continent, in which Venezuela is consolidating a space for technical review of all electoral bodies of the hemisphere.
Lucena was accompanied by the director of the Office of Electoral Cooperation and Observation of the OAS, Pablo Gutierrez, and by the vice presidents of the meeting in Caracas: Steve Surujbally, head of the Uruguayan electoral commission, Julio Cesar Castaño, president of the Dominican Republic’s Electoral Assembly.
Bolivarian News Agency, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / June 22, 2009