Leonel Fernández Will Head OAS Electoral Observer Mission to Mexico

March 27, 2018

The Former President of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Leonel Fernández, will lead the Mission of Foreign Visitors that will observe the federal and local elections that are scheduled to take place in Mexico on July 1, 2018.

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro communicated the designation to Fernández via a letter sent by the multilateral organization’s Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO), in charge of all issues related to
electoral observation processes.

As specified in the letter, the DECO will provide the former
Dominican President with all the necessary organizational and logistical support he shall need to organize the upcoming Mission.

This is the fourth time the former Dominican Head of State is invited by the international community to head an electoral observation mission in a Latin American country.

His first designated mission was to Venezuela, invited by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to be their special representative to the
Parliamentary elections held on December 6, 2015. He was later invited to participate in Bolivia’s Constitutional Referendum, held on February 21, 2016 and, later, to the Presidential electoral process in Ecuador, held on February 19 and April 2, 2017. He has now been assigned to head the Mission that will observe Mexico’s general electoral process.

According to the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the OAS electoral observation missions are
guided by the principals and norms of the organization and are carried out in an objective, impartial and transparent manner, and will provide the adequate technical capacity needed for these processes.

In its electoral observation missions, the OAS places special emphasis on the comprehensive analysis of the electoral processes and takes great efforts to observe the conditions that will guarantee the universal and equal vote, as well as the conditions in which the
different actors involved in the process participate.