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Election Observer Mission: Women Leaders Across Borders

 

El Salvador: 2018 Election Observer Mission


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As part of SHARE’s continued accompaniment, we welcome YOU to join as an election observer in spring of next year.  Election observers will be witnesses to the 2018 legislative elections. In this upcoming election, the people of El Salvador will elect all members of the 262 municipal councils and 84 Legislative Deputies.

Electoral observation begins as soon as one is accredited as an observer by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). On March 2nd, delegates will attend a 4-hour training to participate on Election Day, March 4th.

 How do I register for the delegation?

Complete the online application form and pay a non-refundable deposit of $100 in check form, to Graciela Lovo at 2425 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704.  You may also pay the deposit online at share-elsalvador.org/donate

When is the deadline for registration?

The early bird registration for the Observer Mission will end on November 21st, 2017. Take advantage of the early registration and receive a $25 voucher for our artisanal craft fair. Great for bringing home a piece of El Salvador with you!

Final registration for the delegation will close on January 8th, 2018.

What is the delegation fee?

The fee for the delegation is $700. If extending to March 8th, 2018 the fee will be $980. Please send in a non-refundable deposit of $50 by January 8th, 2018.  The full balance is due by January 31st, 2018.  (Please note that due to fixed costs, such as hiring translators and reserving rooms, SHARE will only be able to refund 50% of the $700 or $980 delegation fee after January 31st, 2018.)

Why should I stay for the extended time until March 8th, 2018?

Your presence has a profound impact. International observers are a key component in preventing electoral fraud and recommending improvements in the process in the years since the end of the civil war. By staying until the 8th, you are committing to ensure full completion of the necessary internal legal norms that guarantee and advance the construction and consolidation of a democratic system.

What does the delegation fee cover?

The fee covers food, lodging, translation, set-up and facilitation of meetings, reading and preparation materials, orientation, and on-the-ground transportation in El Salvador. Airfare is not included in the delegation price.

What are the accommodations in El Salvador like?

Delegates stay in safe, clean guesthouses or hotels. SHARE has been using many of the same accommodations for years without problem. A majority of the meals are made in-house/served at the hotel.

 Do I need to speak Spanish to participate in the delegation?

Although Spanish language skills are helpful, they are not necessary for participation.  Interpretation will be provided by SHARE.

How does SHARE prepare delegates for the experience?

SHARE will send a general information packet on history, politics, itinerary and travel tips. Leading up to departure, we will have 3 conference calls where all participants can have a chance to meet one another. SHARE also encourages delegates to read publications listed in a suggested reading list.

Who participates in SHARE delegations?

Individuals and groups with a sincere interest in learning from Salvadorans about the struggles of El Salvador and a desire to accompany them in that process.  Delegates should possess a willingness to learn and be challenged by circumstances of poverty and should share a sensitivity towards cultures other than their own.  SHARE encourages people of diverse backgrounds to participate in delegations.

Who sets up and accompanies the delegation?

SHARE staff and volunteers facilitate the delegations. Many have extensive in-country experience and can serve as a resource for answering questions regarding logistics, politics and culture.

Is it dangerous to travel in El Salvador?

Safety is the ultimate priority for SHARE staff and volunteers.  SHARE has been facilitating delegations for over 25 years and has extensive in-country experience and contacts.  This network of information and support has allowed SHARE to coordinate delegations safely. Delegates will receive reading materials and orientation in El Salvador on common sense safety precautions while traveling in El Salvador.

What are the recommended immunizations for travel to El Salvador?

Please go to the Center for Disease Control website for complete information: www.cdc.gov/travel/camericahttp://www.cdc.gov/travel/camerica.htm

Do I need a passport or visa to travel to El Salvador?

A valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months from departure date to El Salvador is necessary for travel to El Salvador.  U.S. citizens do not need a visa, but you will pay a $10 fee for visiting.  For those holding passports from other countries, the visa requirements vary depending from what country the passport is issued.  Please go to www.elsalvador.org for complete information.

How will I find SHARE staff at the airport?

SHARE staff and volunteers will meet delegates at the airport after delegates pass through customs.  They will be holding signs that say “SHARE.”

Where can I find out more about the SHARE Foundation?

For further information on SHARE’s programming, mission and history, go to www.share-elsalvador.org.