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Delegation to El Salvador: Jan 27-Feb 4, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY (CIS) AND SOA WATCH

DELEGATION TO EL SALVADOR

January 27-February 4, 2014

Delegation Fee: $950

Presidential elections will take place on February 2, 2014 in El Salvador. CIS has organized electoral observers in El Salvador in every election since the 1992 Peace Accords. The delegation seeks to contribute to free and fair elections; generate a safe environment to stimulate democratic participation; observe and inform about the implementation of election reforms; and deepen understanding of the social and economic structures that govern the country and their impact

Three strong candidates are participating in the elections. There is a possibility that if no candidate wins 50% +1 of the votes, there will be a runoff scheduled for March 9, 2014. Current Mayor elect of SanSalvador, Norman Quijano is the candidate for the ARENA party.  Current Vice President elect of the Republic of El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez Cerén, is the candidate for the FMLN party, and former President elect, Elias Antonio Saca, is the candidate for Unity, a coalition of GANA, PDC, and the PCN political parties.

The CIS Mission produces a final report which is presented to the Supreme Election Tribunal as well as other important actors, as a tool to study the electoral processes and to continue to implement electoral reforms. The presence of international observers contributes to transparency, deters fraud, and builds voter confidence, especially in rural areas where the divisions and wounds of the war are still very present.

Delegation participants will:

  • have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the political systems and processes
  • contribute to the continued advance of free and fair democratic participation within El Salvador
  • receive thorough training and analyze the political reality of El Salvador to prepare them to play a crucial role in information gathering on Election Day.
  • learn about the Salvadoran national reality in an international context
  • engage in solidarity with the people of El Salvador.

The objectives of the CIS Election Observer Mission are to not only contribute to free and fair elections, but to educate observers about the Salvadoran national reality in an international context, and to build solidarity with the people of El Salvador.

Delegations will have the opportunity to meet with candidates, grassroots organizations, embassy officials, top political and economic analysts, members of political parties, and many more.

Housing

There will be two people per room. The additional fee for a single room is $300.

Language and translation

All activities will be translated into Spanish and it is not necessary to have a knowledge of Spanish to participate.

Travel

All participants must arrange their own travel to and from San Salvador. Please do not purchase tickets until we notify you of your acceptance. Delegates should plan on arriving any time on January 27 and leaving any time on February 4.

Required documents

  • Passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the time of entrance to El Salvador

Application process

Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the full application form and details about the process.

Delegation Fee

The delegation fee of $950 covers all meals, lodging (double occupancy), travel within the country and translation. It does not cover travel to and from San Salvador.  An additional $200 can be paid for those wanting a single room.

Payment

Deposit of $200

Once you are notified of your acceptance, we require a non-refundable $200 deposit to reserve your spot. Please send a check made out to SOA WATCH to:

Mary Anne Perrone

1120 Brooks St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Remaining payment of $750

This payment is due by December 10, 2014. Please send a check to SOA WATCH to

Mary Anne Perrone

1120 Brooks St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

 

Contact us

SOA Watch
5525 Illinois Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20011

phone: 202-234-3440
email: info@soaw.org