MEXICO CITY – The Mexican government said on Friday that it will extend full cooperation to the Organization of American States (OAS) observer mission for the Aztec nation’s July 1 election.
Government Secretary Alfonso Navarrete, Mexico’s No. 2 official, met with former Dominican President Leonel Fernandez, head of the OAS mission.
Some 89 million voters will be eligible to cast ballots on July 1 to choose the country’s next president, members of Congress, the governors of eight states and the mayor of Mexico City, among 3,400 offices in all.
Navarrete assured Fernandez of the “government’s absolute openness and disposition for the mission’s activities, which contribute to the process’ transparency and certainty,” according to a statement released after the meeting.
The OAS mission comprises a multinational team of specialists who will observe the voting process in several regions of the country.
Fernandez was also the head of the OAS observer mission for the May 2017 elections in Ecuador.
The OAS has deployed more than 240 observer missions in 27 countries since 1962, sending teams to Mexico on three previous occasions.