Washington, DC – IRI today announced it will lead a pre-election assessment delegation to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The delegation will be in the country July 15-20 to assess the progress of preparations, logistics and the overall environment for the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for November 2011.
The delegation will meet with government and election officials, as well as representatives of political parties, the media and civil society. At the end of the mission the delegates will offer findings and make recommendations for the upcoming elections. Members of the delegation are:
- Cindy McCain, founder of the American Voluntary Medical Team, Member of the Board of Directors of HALO Trust and the Eastern Congo Initiative;
- Richard S. Williamson, former United Nations Ambassador and Presidential Special Envoy for Sudan;
- Lorne W. Craner, President of IRI;
- Mvemba Dizolele, independent journalist specializing in U.S. Africa policy and the Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University;
- Paul Fagan, Director of Africa Programs at IRI;
- Meghan Latcovich, Chief of Staff to Cindy McCain; and
- Whitney Williams, founder and President of Williams Works, whose clients include the Eastern Congo Initiative and ONE.