From October 11 to 14, the University of Colima will host the XXXIII International Congress of Electoral Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean, elections and political turns, in which there will be more than 130 activities, including four Master lectures27 book presentations33 Work tables and panels with more than 100 national and international speakers. The closing conference will be in charge of Lorenzo Cordova Vianellopresident counselor of the National Electoral Institute (INE).
The Mexican Society for Electoral Studies AC (SOME), the INEthe Electoral Court of the Judicial Power of the Federation, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the Participatory Democracy Foundation (FUDEPA) and the Electoral Institute of the State of Colima (EEI).
In a press conference, Nirvana Fabiola Rosales OchoaPresident of the Board of Directors of the SOMEcommented that “this event combines endless activities, which have the purpose of disseminating the result of jobs and research carried out by the participating associations and groups, such as the Observatory of Political Reforms in Latin America, the International Chair of Public Opinion and the College of Survey Specialists, among others”.
He finally said that “the SOME has been concerned with democratizing access to knowledge and these jobs, for which I recognize all the strength and work of the University of Colima and I thank its rector for receiving us and carrying out this project through the faculty of Political and Social Sciences and the law School”.
taking the floor, Maria Elena Romero Ortizdirector of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciencesspoke of three elements that give relevance to the Congress: “first, its modality, since the fact that it is hybrid It will allow us to potentiate the experiences and reach a greater number of those interested in the subject. At the same time, it allows us to bring the voices of other speakers and, in this way, have participants from countries such as Germany, Italy and several countries of Latin America”.
Another point to highlight, he said, “are the issues that are going to be worked on in the Congresswhich are not only important for specialists, but also for citizens, by generating public awareness and allow, through technologies, to reach the population. This is an important element for the political education of our country”.
The last element “is the fact that the University of Colima will allow our specialists and students, both from Law like Political and Social Scienceshave first-hand access to this information, which drives the practical knowledge and strengthens the formation of our young people”.
For its part, Jessica Cristina Romero Micheldirector of the law School, highlighted that more than 100 speakers and specialists will share their experience; “In the same way, specialists from our Alma mater will be exhibiting their research in order to share information and promote the culture of democracyof the legality and of the citizen participation”.
In addition, he commented that there will be the participation of the graduate studentswho will present advances in their research, “so, without a doubt, they will be days of great knowledge, of information generation and that will invite us to reflect and continue analyzing all these issues”.
Finally, Maria Elena Adriana Ruiz Visfocripresident councilor of the EEIsaid that this Congress “promotes interest and knowledge in the electoral processeswhich is the original basis of the democratic life”.
In that sense, he pointed out that, through this event, “the EEI endorses its commitment to promote greater citizen participationcontributing to the reflection and analysis of topics of interest that contribute to the development of both our democracy as well as of our society, so the congress undoubtedly comes to benefit the citizenry”.
The issues to be developed in Congress, he added, are political culture Y democracydigital citizenship, mechanisms of participatory democracypublic opinion and political communication, among others.
Lastly, the President Councilor welcomed the convergence electoral authoritiesthe academythe organized civil societyand the students and citizens in general, “in a space for analysis and agreements of full importance for the democratic life”.
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