First Press Conference Announcing Elections Observers
On Tuesday, January 14th, U.S. solidarity organizations in El Salvador held the first press conference announcing electoral observation missions’ arrival in the country at the end of January. SHARE, along with the Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS), Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities, and Cristosal, shared details regarding their respective delegations, including observation sites, meetings, and other planned events during their short-term visits in San Salvador and surrounding departments. Media present included TVX, Channel 21, Radio Mayavisión, and Channel 10. Reporters were curious to know about recent observations regarding the Voto en el Exterior (new absentee voting process) and observers’ expectations for the 2014 elections.
The text of the press release, translated to English, is below:
We represent five international solidarity organizations: SHARE Foundation, The Center for Exchange and Solidarity (CIS), Solidarity Committee with the Salvadoran People (CISPES), Sister Cities, and Cristosal. We come together today to inform you about the missions of the international electoral observers who will be monitoring the Salvadoran presidential elections on February 2nd, 2014, and working to ensure the transparency of said elections. Between these five organizations we will bring more than 295 observers to the country, including representatives from National Lawyers Guild, CARECEN, Veterans for Peace, SOA Watch, England Environmental Network for Central America, and various churches, universities, and other institutions. The groups will be distributed in the departments of San Salvador, La Libertad, Cuscatlán, Santa Ana, La Paz, Usulután, Cabañas, Chalatenango, and San Vicente in more than 30 municipalities. They will be installed in dozens of voting centers, both rural and urban, including the Center for Exterior Voting, to guarantee the success of the electoral process.