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Next week, a delegation from the International Republican Institute (IRI) will observe Ukraine’s parliamentary elections. Leadership Council member Anita McBride will serve as one of the delegates. Anita McBride is the executive in residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University’s School of Public Affairs and former chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush.

via The International Republican Institute

Washington, DC – The IRI today announced its delegation to observe Ukraine’s October 26, 2014 parliamentary elections, will be led by Ambassador Victor Ashe, former United States Ambassador to Poland, and Iveta Radičová, former prime minister of Slovakia.

The October 26, 2014 parliamentary elections will see the country choose a new, post-Yanukovych parliament, and are an opportunity for the country to consolidate its democratic gains.  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.

Other delegates who will observe the election are:

Thomas E. Garrett, IRI’s vice president for programs, and Stephen B. Nix, director of IRI’s Eurasia programs, will also assist in the mission.

Prior to the election, delegates will be briefed by political party representatives and Ukrainian election officials.  They will also be briefed on the rights and responsibilities of international observers and Ukrainian election law.  Delegates will then be deployed throughout the country where they will observe 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 has observed every election since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, including the 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2012 parliamentary elections and the 1999, 2004, 2010 and 2014 presidential elections.

IRI endorses the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observers and Code of Conduct for International Election Observers (PDF).  Since 1983, through international election observation missions and assessments, IRI has monitored 199 elections in 56 countries.