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Centro De Intercambio Y Solidaridad – CIS
General Information for Observers and Volunteers
2018 Municipal and Legistalive Elections in El Salvador
March 4th 


Since the signing of the Peace Accords in 1992 the CIS International Election Observer Mission has secured a firm and respected reputation both within El Salvador and abroad through its dedicated, professional, and commitment to the El Salvadoran election process. The CIS is one of the only organizations that has coordinated international observers in every election since the signing of the accords, and the election observation reports, issued by the CIS following the elections, have consistently been used as a foundation for debate on electoral reform by the Legislative Assembly, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), and other electoral institutions and organizations.

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International Election Observation Mission Overview

Mission: To Contribute to free and fair elections; generate a safe environment to stimulate democratic participation; observe and inform about the implementation of election reforms; deepen our understanding of the social and economic structures that govern the country and their impact; to promote people-to-people solidarity.

Why International Election Observation?

Communities, electoral organizations including the TSE, civic organizations, and grassroots organizations have continued to ask the CIS for international observers to guarantee transparent elections for several reasons:
To observe and provide witness to the electoral process and to potential violations of the electoral code before and during the elections.
To provide a presence in order to reduce political intimidation and violence.
To support the call for implementation of election reforms.
To monitor the implementation and impact of important reforms in building greater transparency in the electoral process.

The CIS Mission produces a final report which is presented to the Supreme Election Tribunal, the Commission on Electoral and Constitutional Reforms of the Legislative Assembly, Political Parties, as well as other important actors, as a tool to study the electoral processes and to continue to implement electoral reforms. The presence of international observers in itself contributes to transparency, deters fraud, and builds voter confidence, especially in rural areas where the divisions and wounds of the war are still very present.

Democracy depends on the transparency of the election process, which the presence of international observers can help guarantee. The CIS mission is respected across the political spectrum because of its objectivity and is recognized as one of the few missions that are not controlled by political interests.

 What is Election Observation with the CIS?


The work of the CIS observer mission serves as an objective base of information, used as a foundation for debate on election reforms by both the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and the Legislative Assembly. Observers and volunteers receive thorough training and analyze the political reality of El Salvador to prepare them to play a crucial role in information gathering on Election Day. Observers visit and exchange with community organizations building democratic participation on a daily basis, with an emphasis on the participation of women and youth, both to acquire the perspective of the common voter and to build international solidarity ties with the important transformation processes taking place within the country.

Week long CIS observers receive thorough training before spending three days in the municipality in which they are to observe, allowing them to familiarize themselves with the specific socio-political context, in order to provide in depth objective observation of the process the day of the elections. The CIS observer mission focuses on large, medium and small municipalities and covers a spectrum of where different political parties govern.

The objectives of the CIS Election Observer Mission are to not only contribute to free and fair elections, but to educate observers about the Salvadoran national reality in an international context, and to build solidarity with the people of El Salvador.

As a volunteer or an observer you will have the opportunity to meet with candidates, grassroots organizations, embassy officials, top political and economic analysts, members of political parties, and many more.

How you can Participate in the Election Mission

1. Participate as an ELECTION OBSERVER in the Mission from Feb. 26 – March 6, 2018.
The in-country participation cost will be US $725 dollars, which will include coordination, translation, observer training, receptions, local transportation, food and housing (shared rooms 3 + per-sons). CIS will reserve double rooms for $800/per person and singles for $900 per person on a first pay, first serve basis while available.  If you can find your own accomodation and make it to the hotel in the mornings, your fee can be reduced to $575.00.   We will accept applications until January 24th 2018. (Please consider sending an additional check for $50 contribution to partial scholarships and long term volunteer participation).


2. Be a LONG TERM VOLUNTEER: 3 months January 1, 2018 (arrival) – March 25, 2018.
Organize logistics and meetings in municipalities. You will receive in depth training, have the opportunity to meet high level election officials and political party candidates as well as build relationships at the municipal and departmental level.

You will be given a high level of responsibility but also will enjoy an incredible opportunity and learning experience.
*Volunteers are required to cover their own living expenses (housing and food) which will cost about $120 per week. Volunteers can get a discount on Spanish studies. Send us the application form with a letter of intention, and your C.V. to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3.Participate in CIS INTENSIVE SPANISH LANGUAGE/PRE-ELECTION OBSERVATION program February 11 – 25 prior to the observer program. This program is for people who want to learn Salvadoran election terminology, study Spanish, and strengthen their role in the observer mission by receiving an intensive formation on the electoral process, history, political parties, etc. People who participate in this program will see the process in a more in-depth manner. This program costs $575 includes housing with a Salvadoran family, breakfast and dinner, Spanish language instruction from 8 a.m. -12 p.m., Monday – Friday, and special visits in the afternoon and on weekends. (You will pay $1,300 to cover your stay from February 11 – March 6, including Spanish and observation program.

For more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or, click here to download the application form and send it to the aforementioned address!