Robin Carnahan to Observe Nigerian Presidential Election
JEFFERSON CITY - Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is serving as a co-leader of a bipartisan international election observation team in Nigeria for the Presidential election on April 16th. The delegation, organized through the National Democratic Institute (NDI), will meet with senior government and election officials, political party representatives, candidates, citizen election monitors, civil society leaders, and media representatives.
Carnahan, was selected to be co-leader of the delegation along with Joe Clark, former prime minister of Canada; Mahamane Ousmane, former president of Niger and former speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament; and Christopher Fomunyoh, NDI senior associate and regional director for Central and West Africa. Election observers play an important role not only in focusing attention on Election Day, but also on helping voters and local observers assess the overall fairness of the election and its results.
Since 1990, Carnahan has worked with NDI to monitor elections and train political and civic leaders in seven countries. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Carnahan worked in Eastern Europe helping rebuild the region's democracies and economies by drafting voting laws, training new political leaders and monitoring elections.
The National Democratic Institute has organized more than 150 international delegations to observe elections, pre-election environments and post-election developments. NDI led in developing the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and the Code of Conduct for International Election Observers, which was launched in October 2005 at the United Nations. Those standards have been endorsed by 36 intergovernmental and international nongovernmental organizations, which are engaged in promoting democracy and free and fair elections.