Monrovia, Liberia – IRI today announced its international pre-election observation delegation.  The delegation, led by Ambassador Robert Gribbin, will arrive in Liberia over the weekend to begin a six-day mission to assess the progress of voter registration and the overall environment for Liberia’s upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, scheduled for October 11, 2005.

The delegation will spend a few days in the capital, Monrovia, meeting with officials from the National Transitional Government of Liberia, National Transitional Legislative Assembly, National Elections Commission and United Nations Mission in Liberia.  They will then travel to other cities and villages in Liberia to assess the voter registration process, political climate, and civil society activity related to the elections. At the end of the mission the delegates will meet with members of the media to discuss findings and make recommendations. Members of the delegation are: 

This pre-election assessment mission is the first of three missions focusing on Liberia’s October national elections.  The National Democratic Institute will lead a delegation in early fall to assess the campaign period.  A third mission will monitor voting and vote counting on Election Day.
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