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IRI Delegation to Assess Mali’s Presidential Election

July 24, 2013

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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:

  • Kamissa Camara of the United States, Regional Program Officer for West Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy;
  • Charles Cloutier of Canada, Vice President of the Forum of Federations;
  • Jennifer Cooke of the United States, Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies;
  • Vivian Lowery Derryck of the United States, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bridges Institute;
  • Patrick Muyaya, a member of the Parliament of the Democratic Republic of the Congo;
  • Bernadette Paolo of the United States, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa; and
  • Josh Scheinert of Canada, an international law associate at Appleton and Associates.
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.