Amman, Jordan – The International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) have deployed a joint delegation to observe Jordan’s September 20, 2016 parliamentary elections, IRI announced today.
The delegation will be led by former U.S. Senator John E. Sununu and former Member of Parliament in the Netherlands and Eduardo Frei Foundation board member Coşkun Çörüz, on behalf of IRI; and former president of Kosovo Atifete Jahjahga and former Belgian Member of Parliament Zakia Khattabi, on behalf of NDI.
The short-term delegation will round out the work of the mission’s long-term observers, who were deployed on August 1 to report on election preparations, candidate registration and the conduct of the campaign. A joint IRI-NDI assessment team also visited Jordan in early August and concluded that conditions for a democratic process exist for the September parliamentary elections.
The delegation will deploy teams to each of Jordan’s 12 governorates to monitor voting and tabulation of ballots on election day. The mission will then issue a statement based on their findings, including recommendations for improving subsequent elections. Delegates will take part in briefings in Amman with candidates, election officials and Jordanian civil society groups on the election law, the issues dominating the campaign cycle, and public attitudes towards the elections.
NDI and IRI are committed to upholding the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observers and Code of Conduct for International Election Observers. Both organizations separately monitored Jordanian parliamentary elections in 2010 and 2013. The September 20 elections will mark the first jointly-conducted IRI-NDI election observation mission in the country.
The following is a full list of participating delegates:
- Dayana Al Baba, Training Coordinator, Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections
- Irina Alexieva, Executive Director, Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza”
- Brock Bierman, President and CEO, Civic Ancestry, LLC and former Small State and Rural Advocate at the Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Colin Bloom, Director of Outreach, UK Conservative Party
- Matthew Butler, Chief of Staff, Democratic National Convention Committee
- Sheila Copps, former Deputy Prime Minister, Canada
- Michelle Dunne, Director and Associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Jason Emert, Chairman of the International Young Democrat Union
- Trevor Fearon, CEO, Jamaica Chamber of Commerce
- Luis Fortuño, former Governor of Puerto Rico
- Wolfgang Gerstl, Member of Parliament, Austria
- Sabine Ghoubantini, Member of Parliament, Tunisia
- Ambassador Mark Green, President, the International Republican Institute, former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania
- Courtney La Bau, Board Member, Quilliam Foundation and Emerge California
- Colleen Litkenhaus, Director of Trade Relations, Dow Chemical Company
- Tami Longaberger, Chair, IRI’s Arab Women’s Leadership Institute; Board Member, IRI
- Paula Soto Maldonado, Director of Social and Political Participation, National Women’s Institute (Mexico)
- Jakoyo Midiwo, Member of Parliament, Kenya
- Ambassador Jeffrey Millington, former U.S. Ambassador to Sudan
- Lena Mukti, former Member of Parliament, Indonesia
- Peter Stoffer, former Member of Parliament, Canada/former Shadow Minister for Veteran Affairs
- Rafal Trzaskowski, Member of Parliament, Poland
- Luis Vales, Member of Parliament, Portugal
- Curt Wiley, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture