Ukrainian Version

Washington, DC — IRI today announced it will monitor Ukraine’s September 30 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 The Honorable Michael Trend, former member of the British Parliament. Other delegates are Audronius Azubalis, member of the Lithuanian Parliament;

Mamuka Chodkhonelidze, member of the Georgian Parliament; Giorgi Davladze, member of the Georgian Parliament; Alison B. Fortier, member, IRI Board of Directors; The Honorable Bohdan Futey, U.S. Court of Federal Claims; Tamaz Jorbenadze, member of the Georgian Parliament; Irakli Kavtardze, member of the Georgian Parliament; Ed Komarnicki, member of the Canadian Parliament; Michael Kostiw, member of IRI’s Board of Directors; Stephan M. Minikes, member of IRI’s Board of Directors and former United States Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; and Alexandre Zarnadze, member of the Georgian Parliament.

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

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 for IRI’s Eurasia division.

Since 1993, IRI has worked to help strengthen political parties and good governance in Ukraine at both national and local levels.  IRI also works with youth, women and civil society to increase their participation in the political process.  IRI monitored Ukraine’s 1998, 2002 and 2006 parliamentary elections. In addition, IRI monitored the country’s 1999 and 2004 presidential elections.

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