Election observation mission in Uruguay

DIPLOCAT follows municipal and regional elections in Uruguay

A delegation from DIPLOCAT, headed by its Secretary General Albert Royo, observed the elections, which took place the 10 May in the Eastern Republic of Uruguay

DIPLOCAT deployed an election observation mission to Uruguay for their municipal and regional elections, which ended its electoral cycle starting in 2014. Following the official invitation of the Electoral Court – institution responsible for the management of electoral processes in Uruguay -, nine observers followed the preparations for the elections, the campaign and the Election Day, as well as the aggregation of the results at regional level.

The delegation was led by Albert Royo, Secretary General of DIPLOCAT. Four of the members of the mission were participants in the training course for short term election observers, which had been organised in October 2014 by DIPLOCAT in cooperation with the European Center for Electoral Support (ECES) and Barcelona City Council.

Throughout Election Day, the delegates visited 49 voting stations in the regions of Montevideo, Maldonado and Lavalleja, observing the opening procedures, the voting, the closing and the counting processes. In the days before the election they held meetings with the Electoral Court of Montevideo, as well as with the Regional Electoral Offices of the regions of Maldonado and Lavalleja, in order to get to know the most relevant aspects of the legal framework and the electoral procedures. They observed the final events of the electoral campaign and met with candidates for mayors, councillors and regional governors, as well as with representatives of the political parties Frente Amplio, Partido Nacional and Partido Colorado.

These elections are of special interest for DIPLOCAT, as they give insight into the tradition of direct democracy mechanisms in Uruguay, mainly plebiscites and referendums. The observers closely followed the particularities of the Uruguayan electoral system such as the combination of proportional and majority elements in local elections, and the system of nomination of candidates, which allows for cooperative competition in the polls between different organized groups within the parties.

Within the next days, the delegation will publish a report on the electoral process. With this activity DIPLOCAT is continuing its support for the fostering of democracy, initiated with the sending of an election observation mission to the Costa Rica General Election in February 2014.

The initiative, implemented in cooperation with the Barcelona City Council, has the aim to exchange best electoral practices at international level, as well as to show Catalonia’s commitment to democratic values and human rights.

 Report on municipal and regional elections in Uruguay (in Spanish)

Last updated: 14 May 2015