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IRI Deploys Long-Term Observation Mission to Assess Pre-Election Environment in Moldova

December 11, 2018

Chisinau, Moldova—The International Republican Institute (IRI) today announced the deployment of a Long-Term Observation Mission to observe preparations for the parliamentary elections scheduled for February 24, 2019.

Long-term observers will be based in Edinet, Ungheni, Orhei, Anenii Noi, Hancesti, Comrat and Chisinau, and will remain on the ground to observe the pre-election preparations, Election Day and the post-election period, concluding their mission on March 26, 2019.

 “Elections are not limited to election day activities and processes,” said IRI Regional Director for Eurasia Stephen Nix. “Consequently, having a team of long-term observers in place during the campaign period will give IRI a more complete picture of the entire electoral process.”

The mission will be led by Andrea Keerbs, with the assistance of three analysts who will provide in-depth analysis of the media, electoral and legal landscape. The experienced LTOs represent 10 different countries: the U.S., Poland, Canada, the U.K., France, the Philippines, Uganda, Portugal, Montenegro and Georgia.  

IRI will deploy additional short-term observers to monitor electoral proceedings on Election Day.  

IRI has organized more than 200 international election observation missions around the globe, earning a reputation for impartiality and professionalism. The IRI mission to Moldova will conduct its activities on a strictly independent and nonpartisan basis, without interfering in the election process and conforming to the laws of Moldova.