Conferences and meetings

Dominican Republic (2021)

XV Conference

Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic, represented by the Central Electoral Board (JCE) and the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), hosted the XV Conference of the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations (UNIORE), on days 1 and 2 of November at the Embassy Suite by Hilton Hotel in the city of Santo Domingo.

The event coincided with the 30th anniversary of the entity that brings together 33 electoral bodies, bringing together 52 delegates from more than 19 member countries.

After finishing the work, the document that includes 20 points agreed during the XV UNIORE Conference was signed.

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Dominican Republic (2021)

Extraordinary Meeting

On Friday, the Dominican Republic assumed the pro tempore presidency of the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations (UNIORE), for the period 2021-2023, which it will exercise through the Central Electoral Board (JCE) and the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

Upon receiving the new responsibilities as co-president of UNIORE, the president of the JCE, Román Jáquez Liranzo, congratulated the outgoing bodies, the National Electoral Institute of Mexico and the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judicial Branch, for the collaboration, cooperation and strengthening of democracy carried out throughout the region with high levels of effectiveness and innovation.


Mexico (2018)

XIV Conference

In order to compare successful practices, academic events were promoted to address the topic of campaign financing and a Training and Certification Center on technical-electoral observation, aimed at authorities and officials of UNIORE member organizations; and the creation of working groups was agreed upon on the following topics: independence and strengthening of electoral authorities and the use of new technologies in electoral processes.

Topics discussed in the sessions:

  • Strengthening of the electoral authorities
  • Independence
  • Professionalism
  • International Cooperation

Paraguay (2016)

XIII Conference

As part of the XXV Anniversary of the foundation, the progress of electoral reform proposals in the region was taken up again on different topics: equity in the electoral contest, public and private financing of political parties, voting modalities, equality of political and electoral rights between men and women, and the study of predominant values was proposed in order to consider the best ways to identify and disseminate practices and attitudes in accordance with a democratic civic culture.

Topics discussed in the sessions:

  • Electoral Reform in Latin America

Chile (2014)

XII Conference

In order to generate useful information that is not currently available, it was agreed to conduct a systematic and comprehensive research on the cost of elections in the Americas and it was recommended that academic interventions of electoral bodies from the English-speaking Caribbean be considered in order to have their experiences and open effective direct channels aimed at their greater integration. It also encouraged the implementation of a methodology that would make it possible to review the observations and technical recommendations expressed by the electoral bodies in their reports between elections.

Topics discussed in the sessions:

  • Mechanisms of direct democracy for better citizen participation

Dominican Republic (2012)

XI Conference

Emphasize the importance of legislative regulation of official and non-official advertising, as well as the assignment of control instruments to electoral bodies, respecting the context of each country and complying with due process; support initiatives for the creation and consolidation of training schools and institutes within the member electoral bodies of UNIORE.

Topics discussed in the sessions:

  • Electoral Bodies, Media and Elections

Mexico (2010)

X Conference

Promote the development or compilation of studies on the issue of women's representation in high-level positions in the countries, such as Congress, to improve gender equity; and, horizontal cooperation was encouraged among organizations that have developed or acquired technological systems for electronic voting and canvassing, in order to create a platform that can be adapted by the different systems in the region.

Topics discussed in the sessions:

  • Political Parties financing and accountability
  • Media and elections
  • Use of technologies and transparency on electoral processes
  • Inclusion in democracy of vulnerable groupos through civic education and electoral justice

El Salvador (2008)

IX Conference

Promote research and publications on electoral matters, taking advantage of the possibility of including them in the different electoral bodies and in publications that can be channeled through CAPEL; and, the improvement of the Electoral Network was promoted in order to establish computerized connection channels through the web pages of the member bodies.

Topics discussed in the sessions:

  • Electoral Observation and International Technical Assistance. Lessons Learnt

Panama (2006)

VIII Conference

In order to learn about the diversity of voting modalities, it was agreed to systematize this information for the benefit of all UNIORE members. Furthermore, in order to strengthen relations among member countries, it was agreed to review cooperation initiatives and adopt a standard framework of reference based on the development of best practices, an implementation methodology and evaluation mechanisms.

Topics discussed in the sessions:

  • New forms of exercising voting as an evolution of the rules of political participation

Panama (2004)

VII Conference

In order to have protocols and instruments that help to foresee conflictive situations derived from electoral results, the initiatives for the exchange of information on electoral jurisprudence were expanded through the contribution of databases and the planning of academic activities.

Topics discussed in the sessions:

  • Electoral Organizations as agents of change, within the framework of their legal and constitutional competencies

Paraguay (2002)

VI Conference

Emphasizes the central role that education plays as an instrument for confronting the challenges that globalization and national realities present to the countries of the Americas. The creation of an Inter-American Data Bank with the constitutional, legal and regulatory norms on political parties was suggested and promoted - with a view to carrying out a comparative analysis of their internal democratization processes and mechanisms.

Topics discussed in the sessions:

  • Citizenship and Political Culture in a Globalized World
  • Quality of Democracy and Political Actors
  • The Political Party System and the Validity of Democracy
  • Dilemmas in the Search for the Quality of Democracy
  • Challenges for and Strengthening of the Political Parties

Guatemala (2000)

V Conference

Affirming the central role of education in and for democracy in future plans to consolidate the continent's political systems, it was agreed to contribute to the design of local and regional programs for the development of civic education. Also, it was agreed to use the technical resources of the Ibero-American Integrated Information System (SIII) to create specialized modules on electoral justice.

Topics discussed in the sessions:

  • Challenges and perspectives of democracy towards the 21st century
  • Electoral Reform in Latin America. Analysis of Cases
  • Political Parties as Mediators between Popular Demand and Power

Canada (1998)

IV Conference

Adopt the necessary legal and administrative measures to facilitate the full exercise of suffrage to all those persons with some type of physical disability; and, the sum of efforts for the development of an Integrated Ibero-Inter-American Information System (SIII), for the service of UNIORE members, with the incorporation of databases containing the following information: electoral legislation of the Ibero-American countries, information on electoral and civil statistics and political-electoral, social, economic and human rights information, with emphasis on political rights.

Topics discussed in the sessions:

  • Financing of Political Parties and Candidates
  • Expenditure Control and Verification. Accountability
  • Conflict Prevention and Resolution

Mexico (1996)

III Conference

In order to provide horizontal cooperation, it was agreed to establish a Bank of Electoral Experts made up of officials specialized in the different technical areas of the Electoral Bodies. It was also reiterated the need to continue with training programs for electoral officials in order to give continuity to a system that contributes to the institutional strengthening of the members of the Union and, as a legal guarantee for their professionalization, to promote in each of the member countries the enactment of a Career Law for Electoral Officials.

Topics discussed in the sessions:

  • The trilogy: system of government, electoral system and party system
  • Limitations of constitutional engineering
  • Democratic order from a comparative perspective

Panama (1993)

II Conference

Publication of an informative bulletin of UNIORE, integrating the information provided by the member organizations of the Tikal Protocol, Quito Protocol and Elections Canada; in order to continue with the process of international cooperation among the Electoral Bodies.

Topics discussed in the sessions:

  • The Role of Electoral Organizations in the Process of Consolidating Democracy
  • Recent Legislative Trends and Developments Regarding the Strengthening and Consolidation of the Organizational
    Structures of the Electoral Organizations
  • Electoral Organizations as Courts of Constitutionality in Electoral Terms
  • The Role of Electoral Organizations in Internal Electoral Processes of the Political Parties
  • Campaigns on Education and Promotion of Citizenship as a Tool for Consolidating Democracy”

UNIORE Constitution (Mexico 1991)

I Conference

This Conference formalized the cooperation between organizations and associations constituted by the Quito Protocol and the Tikal Protocol, for which it was agreed to constitute the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations.

Mexico (2010)

Extraordinary Meeting

Mexico (2011)

Extraordinary Meeting

Ecuador (2012)

Extraordinary Meeting

Reform in the consensus process of the Constitutive Act of the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations of UNIORE.

Ecuador (2013)

Extraordinary Meeting

The initiative was prompted by the outstanding presentation made by the delegates of the National Election Commission of Korea, Lee Jong-Woo and Kim Yong Hi, in their dual capacity as electoral body and Executive Secretariat of the Working Group for the Establishment of a World Association of Electoral Bodies (A - WEB).

Panama (2013)

Extraordinary Meeting

Support the Electoral Tribunal of Panama in the defense of the constitutional principle of the autonomy of the electoral bodies that protects the exercise of their exclusive and excluding powers.

Colombia (2015)

Extraordinary Meeting

It was agreed to provide all technical support to the Colombian Electoral Bodies to face the challenges arising from the peace process during the regional elections and to declare agreements for the peaceful resolution of conflicts and violence.