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Washington, DC – IRI today announced it will send a delegation to Mali to assess the July 28, 2013 presidential election.  Following the voting, IRI will issue a statement on the findings of the delegation. 

The delegation will be led by David Van Kesteren, a member of the Parliament of Canada from Chattam-Kent-Essex, who serves on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development as well as the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.  He is also a member of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association.

Other delegates are:

Prior to the election, delegates will be briefed by Malian election stakeholders including civil society, political parties and election experts.  Delegates will then be deployed where they will assess the polling process and identify strengths and weaknesses in Mali’s election system. 

IRI staff will also participate in the assessment mission.  IRI staff will be led by Thomas E. Garrett, Vice President for Programs at IRI and Gretchen Birkle, Director for Africa programs. 

IRI’s assessment mission is funded by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.  Since 1983, IRI has monitored more than 150 elections in more than 46 countries.

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