CHIAPAS ELECTION OBSERVATION: URGENT INFORMATION
Alianza Civica Convenes International Experts to Form Support Delegation
for Oct. 4th Chiapas Municipal Elections Observation.
(Delegation dates Oct. 1-7)
Mexico's non-partisan electoral watchdog organization, Alianza Civica, is
convening an international support delegation for the observation of the
October 4th municipal elections in Chiapas.
Concern is high because some observers have contended that ongoing violence,
heavy federal military presence, pro-government paramilitary activity, massive
internal refugee issues, deep political polarization, and a deadlocked "peace
process" make fair elections in Chiapas impossible at this time. In
order to assess the pre-electoral climate and the viability of the electoral
process, Alianza Civica recently sent an expert team to Chiapas. A report
from this team will be available in early September.
Meanwhile, Alianza Civica is planning an observation and is seeking expert
international support for observation of and reporting on the electoral
context and voting day procedures. Honest and accurate reporting is especially
important because issues of municipal control have been the subject of an
intense polemic and the trigger for violent repression in Chiapas in recent
Global Exchange is assisting with this delegation. We will be screening
applications and seeking visas and credentials for those who are accepted.
Global exchange will NOT be charging any fee, nor arranging transportation,
lodging or food for delegates. We estimate that costs (airfare excluded)
will be approximately USD 30-45 per day plus an additional USD 140 each
that will be pooled to cover collective transportation needs.
*** IMPORTANT NOTE ***
If you are interested, please act quickly. We need an initial response by
10:00 AM, THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 to assure that your name will be on the list
submitted to the Mexican authorities for approval.
Please submit the following:
1.) Basic Information:
* Full Name:
(Note: Mexicans are very welcome in this delegation but they will need to
be credentialed directly through Alianza Civica.)
* Passport Number:
* Date of Birth:
* Address, phone, fax, email, etc.
* Three references
* Two emergency contacts (including address/phone and relationship to you)
2.) Recent résumé.
3.) Introductory letter that includes relevant experiences you have had:
* Prior work in Mexico, especially Chiapas.
* Previous elections observation work (in US, Mexico, or elsewhere)
* Membership in civic or community organizations
* Level of Spanish fluency (e.g. good, excellent, total fluency, native
* Academic or organizational position:
For more information please contact:
(415) 255-7296 ext. 236