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IRI Delegation to Assess Panama’s May 4 General Elections

April 28, 2014

Washington, DC – IRI today announced it will send a delegation to Panama to assess the May 4, 2014 general elections in which the country will elect a new national assembly and a new president.  Following the voting, IRI will issue a statement on the findings of the delegation. 

The delegates are:

 
On Election Day the delegates will be deployed in Colón, David and Panama City where they will assess the polling process and identify strengths and weaknesses in Panama’s election system. 

Prior to the elections, delegates have planned meetings with representatives from Panama’s Electoral Tribunal, political party representatives and local civil society leaders including leaders from the Catholic Church.  The delegates will also meet with representatives of the Organization of American States observation mission and officials with the U.S. Embassy.

In addition to fielding a delegation to assess the elections, IRI has partnered with the Comisión Justicia y Paz (Justice and Peace Commission), a Panamanian civil society organization with a respected history of observing elections, to recruit and train 2,000 local observers.  Those local observers will be deployed throughout Panama on Election Day to monitor the process.

IRI’s assessment mission is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.  Since 1983, IRI has monitored 154 elections in more than 47 countries.