Namfrel observers to monitor Colombian Plebiscite

On 02 October 2016, the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) was deployed to be observers to the Embassy of the Republic of Colombia in Manila to monitor the Plebiscite for the Peace Accord (PPA).

The Colombian Government subjected the PPA to a public vote to make sure that the deal enjoys the legitimacy and support from the Colombian people.

The PPA is a peace deal resulting from four years of negotiation between the Colombian Government and the guerilla group Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). Voters will be asked to vote yes or no to the question: "Do you support the final agreement to end the conflict and build a stable and lasting peace?" The PPA, if it wins the support from the majority of voters, will end the 52-year war between the government and the guerilla group, and grant the FARC amnesty which will enable them to partake in politics.

NAMFREL, upon the invitation of the Colombian election watchdog Mision la Observacion Electoral de la Sociedad Civil (MOE) Internacional, will send a team composed of its most experienced election observers to watch over the process. MOE and NAMFREL are both members of the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM).

NAMFREL expresses its support to the Colombian Government and MOE in their effort to ensure the inclusivity and transparency of the Plebiscite for the Peace Accord.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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