May 2014

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May 30, 2014
On Sunday, May 25, more than 13 million Colombians went to cast their votes and choose between five presidential candidates.  According to Colombia’s National Civil Register, only 40 percent of eligible voters turned out to vote, a historical low for presidential elections. Some departments,... Read More
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Gabriela Serrano

Regional Program Director, Bogotá, Colombia
May 28, 2014
International Republican Institute (IRI) public opinion polling has been utilized by countless candidates and political parties around the globe to inform their electoral strategies and better connect with voters.  In the Middle East and North Africa region though, two decades of public... Read More
May 26, 2014
Yesterday was a day that reminds everyone at IRI why we got into this work, which is to help people build a better life for themselves and their country.  Despite Russian aggression, a vast majority of Ukrainians (nearly 87 percent of the population) were able to vote, and they did so in large... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
May 24, 2014
Tomorrow, Ukrainians all over the country will go to the polls and IRI observers are deployed throughout the country ready to observe the opening of polls, voting and counting procedures (a bit more on the process later). Today, we along with the National Democratic... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
May 22, 2014
Today we had a full day of briefings learning about the political situation in Ukraine, the work of local observers and the campaigns of the main candidates. Michael Druckman, our director in Kyiv, gave us an update on the work IRI has supported in the lead up to the election, highlighting that... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
May 22, 2014
On Sunday, May 25, Colombians will go to the polls to select a new president and vice president for the next four years.  If no ticket gets more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be a runoff on June 15.  Heading into the balloting, are four candidates besides President Juan Manuel... Read More
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Stephen Johnson

Division Director, Latin American and the Caribbean
May 22, 2014
Our delegates began arriving today to observe Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election, arguably one of the most important in Ukraine’s history.  When we arrived a few of us headed down to the Maidan to see where the protests took place.  We were led by our colleague Taras Byk.  There... Read More
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Lisa Gates

Director of Communications
May 21, 2014
The district of Cova Lima in Timor-Leste sits a mere 85 miles southwest of the capital Dili.   However, due to nearly impassable roads, the drive can take upwards of nine hours.  Poor road conditions and a lack of infrastructure are just some of the many challenges this young democracy is... Read More
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Matthew Hays

Program Officer, Asia Division
May 20, 2014
This coming Sunday, May 25th, the people of Ukraine – at least the parts of the country not currently occupied by Russian troops or subject to intimation by Russia-backed militants – will vote for a new president. It is now important that the U.S. and our European allies begin to focus on what... Read More
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Senator John McCain

Chairman of IRI’s Board of Trustees
May 20, 2014
It was November 2004 and I was in downtown Kyiv. The Orange Revolution was in full swing.  I saw these red and white flags flying among the Ukrainian, orange and political party flags.  I asked a Ukrainian friend where they were from.  He responded, “The new Georgian flags.  The... Read More
Posted by

Andrea Keerbs

Resident Country Director, Georgia

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