Elections are a basic feature of democracy, and a strong democracy depends on the upholding of democratic principles. A free and fair election relies on several key processes that occur before polling, on election day, and after. Among other things, the amount and the quality of information available to candidates, observers, and citizens is important in order to assist them make informed decisions during the elections.

Mario Mitre

Mario Mitre is a Senior Advisor for Elections and Political Processes. Since 2005, he has collaborated with civic organizations on five continents to promote and protect the integrity of election processes through systematic, evidence based election observation, including Parallel Vote Tabulation, Sample Based Observation, Voter List Verifications and research on barriers to full citizens’ participation in election processes. He also has helped build consensus among citizen observation groups working together to advocate for electoral reform.

Julia Brothers

Julia Brothers is a Senior Advisor for Elections at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Ms. Brothers has worked in over 20 countries, including Guinea, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe, leading electoral assessments and electoral integrity projects. She was based in South Sudan for the historic elections and referendum, and has significant experience in post-conflict and transitioning democracies. Ms.

We, the Heads of the international election observation and expert missions in Kenya, have been following preparations for the 9 August 2022 general elections by all stakeholders in Kenya, including the campaign activities of political parties, party coalitions, and candidates. We call on the leadership of all political parties and their supporters, as well as civil society, faith-based organisations, and all other stakeholders, to ensure a continuation of the calm and peaceful atmosphere during the remaining phases of the electoral process. 

Nairobi, Kenya - The International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) announce the deployment of a joint international election observation mission to Kenya. The delegation arrived at the invitation of the Government of Kenya and received accreditation from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to observe the August 9 General Elections.

In May, 49.2 percent of Lebanese voters, in Lebanon and outside the country, went to the polls to elect a new parliament. The months preceding the elections were marked by uncertainty, with domestic and international observers unsure if elections would take place on time or at all. The lack of commitment from the government to implement elections resulted in delayed preparations for elections and inequalities among candidates. Despite these challenges, election authorities successfully implemented elections on May 15, 2022 as scheduled by the December 28, 2021 governmental decree.

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