IRI Announces Delegation to Observe Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections

Washington, DC – IRI today announced it will monitor Ukraine’s October 28, 2012 parliamentary elections.  Delegates will travel to Ukraine to monitor voting and ballot counting throughout the country.  Following the voting, IRI will issue a statement on the findings of the delegation. 

IRI’s delegation will be led by U.S. Congressman David Dreier (CA-26) and Jim Kolbe former U.S. Congressman (AZ-8) and a Senior Transatlantic Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, both of whom serve on IRI’s Board of Directors.  Other delegates are:

IRI staff will also serve as observers and assist in the mission.  IRI staff will be led by Judy Van Rest, Executive Vice President of IRI and Stephen B. Nix, Regional Director of IRI’s Eurasia division.

Prior to the election, delegates will be briefed by representatives from the U.S. Embassy, political party representatives and Ukrainian election officials.  They will also be briefed on the rights and responsibilities of international observers and Ukrainian election law.  Delegates will then be deployed throughout the country where they will observe polling stations and identify and evaluate strengths and weaknesses in Ukraine’s election system, including campaign regulations, the balloting process, vote tabulation and reporting. 

Since 1983, IRI has monitored more than 150 elections in more than 46 countries, including Ukraine’s 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2007 parliamentary elections and the 1999, 2004 and 2010 presidential elections.

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