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Third General Meeting A ssociation of C aribbean E lectoral O rganizations (ACEO) Kingston, Jamaica November 7 & 8, 2008. 1. Founding of the ACEO. Caribbean Election Network Conference -January 1997, Jamaica Birth of the ACEO. First General Meeting -March 1998, Puerto Rico

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Third general meeting a ssociation of c aribbean e lectoral o rganizations aceo

Third General Meeting

Association of Caribbean Electoral Organizations (ACEO)

Kingston, Jamaica

November 7 & 8, 2008


1 founding of the aceo
1. Founding of the ACEO

  • Caribbean Election Network Conference-January 1997, Jamaica

    • Birth of the ACEO

  • First General Meeting-March 1998, Puerto Rico

    • Charter signed by 22 countries & dependent territories

    • San Juan Declaration on the Political Rights for Persons with Disabilities

  • 2 Executive Board Meetings

    • Work plan

    • Newsletter: The ACEO Report-January 2000

  • Second General Meeting-2001, Jamaica

    • Members pledged to pay dues


2 purpose of the aceo chapter i
2. Purpose of the ACEO –Chapter I

  • “[…] to promote cooperation and mutual assistance among electoral organizations in the Caribbean in the pursuit of democracy by processes that ensure free, fair, and peaceful elections.”

    -Art. 1.1, ACEO Charter, 1998


3 structure of the aceo chapter ii
3. Structure of the ACEO –Chapter II

  • Three Organs-Article 2.1

    • The General Assembly

    • The Executive Board

    • The Secretariat

  • The General Assembly-Article 2.2

  • The Executive Board-Article 2.3

    • Five persons elected by the General Assembly

    • One of those five persons is elected Chairperson

    • Terms of three years


3 structure of the aceo chapter ii1
3. Structure of the ACEO –Chapter II

  • The Secretariat–Article 2.4

    • IFES and the OAS initially served as interim Co-Secretariat of the Association

  • The Executive Secretary-Article 2.5

    • Appointed by the Executive Board

    • Serves as the Secretary of the Board


4 aceo membership chapter iii
4. ACEO Membership –Chapter III

  • Three types of Members–Article 3.1

    • Full Members

      Electoral Organizations of the Caribbean Community

  • Associate Members

    1.Individuals who are current or former Election Officers or Commissioners of an organization qualified for full membership

    2. Caribbean non-governmental and non-partisan organizations

  • Honorary Members


5 primary objectives of the third meeting
5. Primary Objectives of the Third Meeting

  • To address substantive issues regarding elections in the Caribbean

    • Political party and campaign financing

    • Technology

    • Stakeholders in electoral processes

  • But more importantly

    • To reinvigorate the ACEO as an important point of reference and tool for electoral authorities of the Caribbean


6 questions expected outcomes
6. Questions & Expected Outcomes

  • We kindly request your input and active participation to address the following considerations

  • Is it worthwhile to have an ACEO?

  • If so, what should be the short- and long-term priorities of the Association?

  • What types of activities should the ACEO engage in the future to meet those priorities?


7 if we decide to have an aceo we need to make the following decisions
7. If we decide to have an ACEO, we need to make the following decisions:

  • Elect an Executive Board and Chairperson

  • Decide on where to have the Secretariat

  • Draft a work plan that meets agreed on priorities

  • Determine dues: do we pay dues and how do we use the money already collected?


Third general meeting a ssociation of c aribbean e lectoral o rganizations aceo

The OAS, IFES and the EOJ following decisions:

wish you a fruitful meeting!