UNASUR ratifies presence of electoral mission in Ecuador’s elections

Ecuador’s CNE and UNASUR signed agreement to formally register the presence of a mission from the regional bloc during elections. Photo: Ecuador’s CNE

Quito, Jan 31 (Andes).- The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) ratified Monday its participation with an electoral mission in Ecuador’s elections planned for February 19, after signing an agreement with the Electoral Council (CNE).

The bloc’s committee will be led by Colombia’s CNE president Alexander Vega and former Uruguayan president Jose Mujica as special representative.

“We absolutely believe in all mechanisms that strengthen South America’s and Latin America’s integration,” Ecuadorian CNE president Juan Pablo Pozo said when signing the deal at the headquarters of UNASUR.

For his part, Secretary General of the regional bloc Ernesto Samper affirmed “it is an honor for UNASUR to establish agreements and commitments on the sidelines of a real cooperation among South American nations.”

The former Colombian president had explained that the mission’s purpose is to provide technical support. For this reason, it is composed of experts in systems, communication and in electoral monitoring to guarantee transparency and revealing results faster.

For her part, Sandra Oblitas, Venezuelan representative of the pro tempore presidency of UNASUR, affirmed that this mission will present three technical reports during the elections process during which Ecuadorians will vote for president and vice president for 2017 to 2021 as well as 137 members of the National Assembly and five members of the Andean parliament.

With the signing of the agreement, the presence of the regional bloc’s electoral mission will be formally registered. It will be composed of representatives from 12 countries member.

Previously, the Organization of American States (OAS) signed an agreement with CNE and one on privileges and immunities with the Ecuadorian government.