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President of TSE participates in a Conference on Electoral Integrity in Latin America

The President of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Justice Gilmar Mendes, will participate in the Conference on Electoral Integrity in Latin America that will take place in Mexico City in august 14 and 15. The invitation was made by Kofi Annan Foundation and other Mexicans institutions organizing the event.  

The conference has as its main goal to facilitate the sharing of experiences, challenges and good practice in the Latin American region, that has been experiencing several tendencies on democratic governance, and to identify strategies to strengthen the democracy by perfecting the integrity of election processes.

The meeting will address the following topics: access to justice, gender, prevention of election-related violence, the role of the media and the construction of resilient and politically active institutions against threats to electoral integrity.

The event will have as participants representatives of election bodies from several countries, of election disputes resolution organizations, of the agencies of the United Nations and regional organizations, of the civil society and of the communication and academic media.

Panel

Justice Gilmar Mendes will participate on the second panel of the conference, on Monday evening (14), on the topic Money and Politics: How to effectively administrate the political funding?

Besides the President of TSE, the panel will be composed of Alicia Barcena, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for the Latin America and Caribbean (CEPAL), Iván Velázquez, member of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, Viviana Bonilla, Ecuadorian representative of the Latin-American and Caribbean Parliament, and Daniel Zovatto, director of the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA International) for the Latin America and Caribbean. The panel’s moderator will be Michael Svetlik, vice president of the Programs of International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES).

Interaction

The expected outcome of the event is the publication of a report that summarizes, from a comparative perspective, the situation of democracy and election integrity in Latin America.

The development of a network interaction is also expected among professionals, political agents, specialists and civil society organizations from different countries of the region that may contribute with the strengthening of electoral integrity and provide a mechanism that facilitates a permanent political dialogue, in support of this integrity in the region.

Service

Event: Conference on Electoral Integrity in Latin America

Date: August 14 of 2017

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Who is organizing: Kofi Annan Foundation, Department of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, National Election Institute of Mexico, Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of Mexico, Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for Assistance of Electoral Crimes in Mexico, Electoral Institute of Mexico City and Latin-America and Caribbean Parliament.