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Jan. 16, 2014
Early Tallies Show Revised Charter Passing in Egypt
Published by The New York Times
A revised Constitution validating the military takeover in Egypt last summer appeared headed for lopsided approval by as many as 98 percent of the votes cast, according to early tabulations in the official and private news media on Thursday, as international monitors raised alarms about the fairness of the plebiscite.

 

Jan. 14, 2014
On Third Anniversary, Tunisians May Get A Constitution
Published by NPR.
Carter Center Tunisia Field Office Director Marion Volkmann talks with NPR about Tunisia's constitution drafting process on the third anniversary of the country's revolution.

 

March 4, 2013
Kenyans 'Determined' to Move Beyond 2007 Election Violence
Published by PBS Newshour.
Millions of Kenyans voted in general elections Monday, and though there were some incidents of violence, the worst many experienced were lengthy lines and long wait times, international election monitors reported.

 

March 4, 2013
Kenyan Election Marked But Record Turnout, Limited Violence
Published by NPR "All Things Considered"
In the east African nation of Kenya, voters cast ballots for their next president from a field featuring the sons of the nation's first leaders. One of them has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged human rights abuses related to elections five years ago when more than 1,200 people died in ethnic violence.

 

March 4, 2013
Rupiah Banda: Kenya Elections 'Went Well'
Published by BBC.
Millions of Kenyans have been voting in crucial elections.

 

Jan. 8, 2013
Nepal's Peace Process Needs Elections
Jimmy Carter op-ed published in the Kathmandu Post and Kantipur newspaper.
I have a great interest in the future of this beautiful country, and was honored to visit Nepal three times in the year leading up to the Constituent Assembly elections in 2008. Since that time we have monitored the peace process continually, in Kathmandu and throughout all other regions. Observers from The Carter Center have been deployed in Nepal since 2007. Our observers find that Nepali citizens remain passionate supporters of democracy but are increasingly frustrated with their leadership for breaking its promises time after time. It is disappointing to realize that the continuing political deadlock in Nepal is an obstacle to making further progress in the country's peace process.

 

June 27, 2012
Carter Center to Send Election Monitors to Libya
Published by the Huffington Post.
The Carter Center is sending observer teams to Libya to monitor and report on that country's July 7 parliamentary elections.

 

June 20, 2012
International Witnesses and the Legal Framework of Egypt's Elections
Published by law.com.
As the Egyptian people await the official results of their first democratic presidential election, international election-monitoring organizations continue to work behind the scenes to help delineate the legal framework around the voting and ensure democratic processes are upheld.

 

May 17, 2012
U.S. Group to Send 22 Observers to Egypt's Election: U.S.
Published by AFP.
The Atlanta-based Carter Center has the green light to send 22 observers to monitor Egypt's presidential election next week, the US State Department said Thursday.

 

May 16, 2012
Egypt Vote Monitors Say State Hindering Their Work
Published by Reuters.
Foreign observers of Egypt's first real leadership contest will be unable to say whether the process is free and fair because their movements are being restricted by election authorities, one of the groups supposed to be monitoring the vote said.

 

Feb. 27 2012
Carter Center, EU, Advance Several Proposals for Peaceful Elections
Published by Daily Observer (Liberia).
Carter Center's Elections Observation Mission in Liberia along with European Union has advanced several recommendations for future elections in Liberia.

 

Feb. 24, 2012
Carter Center: Congo Assembly Elections 'Compromised'
Published Feb. 24, 2012, by Voice of America.
U.S.-based election monitor says the integrity of Congo's legislative polls has been "compromised," and that the true results may never be known.

 

Feb. 24, 2012
DR Congo Legislative Results Lack Credibility: Carter Center
Distributed by Agence France Presse.
The results of DR Congo's November legislative polls that gave the ruling party and its allies an absolute majority lack credibility, the Carter Center's election observers said Friday.

 

Dec. 11, 2011
Observers: Congo Election Lacks Credibility
Distributed by Associated Press (Posted in the Seattle Times and other media websites).
The results from Congo's election which handed victory to the country's president of 10 years lack credibility, said one of the major observation missions.

 

Dec. 11, 2011
Video: DRC Vote Lacks Integrity - Interview with the Carter Center's David Pottie
Published Dec. 11, 2011, by CNN.com.
David Pottie, of the Carter Center, discusses the disputed results of elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

Dec. 11, 2011
Observers Question Integrity of DRC Vote
Published Dec. 11, 2011, by Voice of America.
Electoral observers from the U.S.-based Carter Center say presidential results in the Democratic Republic of Congo were "mismanaged," compromising the integrity of a vote that gave President Joseph Kabila another five years in power. The leading opposition candidate is rejecting the poll.

 

Dec. 5, 2011
Tensions Rise in Congo's Capital as Ballots Pile Up
Published Dec. 5, 2011, by the New York Times.
Sacks of newly arrived ballots lay piled in the mud at decrepit fairgrounds at the edge of town on Monday, a day before officials here were supposed to declare a winner in this country's presidential election — and nearly a week after the vote.

 

Nov. 18, 2011
John Stremlau: Partners Crucial to Nurturing Liberian Democracy
Published Nov. 18, 2011, by Business Day (Johannesburg).
Liberia's fragile democracy suffered several setbacks surrounding last week's presidential run-off that are typical of many post-conflict African countries.

 

Nov. 17, 2011
Review presidential term limits, Carter Center tells S. Sudan MPs
Published Nov. 17, 2011, by the Sudan Tribune.
South Sudan lawmakers should consider reviewing term limits for the presidency, which was excluded from the country's Transitional Constitution as well as the recently endorsed draft Elections Act 2011, the Carter Center has said.

 

Oct. 19, 2011
Black Cherokees Exercise Hard-Won Right to Vote
This op-ed by Dr. John Stremlau,Vice President, Peace Programs, was published Oct. 19, 2011, by CNN.
The Cherokee Nation had difficulty electing its principal chief, so much so that members called in the Carter Center to observe the most recent vote and judge whether it was free and fair. We normally observe elections only in politically troubled countries abroad but believe that the contentiousness and fundamental voting rights issues at stake – and not just for the Cherokees – justified this exceptional mission.

 

Oct. 25, 2011
Radio Interview on Tunisia Elections
Interview conducted by WUSB - Stony Brook University Radio.
Sarah Johnson, assistant director, Democracy Program, discusses the Tunisia elections.

 

Oct. 8, 2011
Voting Ends in Controversial Cherokee Election of Chief
Published Oct. 8, 2011, by Reuters.
Voting ended on Saturday to pick a principal chief of the Cherokee Indians, the nation's second largest tribe, following vote tampering charges and a fight with some African-Americans over tribal membership.

 

Sept. 14, 2011
The Real Work of Election Monitors
This article by Carter Center Peace Program Vice President John Stremlau and Democracy Program Director David Carroll was published Sept. 14, 2011, by foreignaffairs.com
Professors Susan Hyde and Judith G. Kelley ("
Limits of Election Monitoring") are correct in saying election monitoring has become "almost universally accepted in media and policy circles," but are wrong to imply that monitors are unaware "of the power and limits of observation." Rather, it is Hyde and Kelley who may be guilty of exaggerating them both.

 

May 2, 2011
S. Kordofan: Carter Center Warns Over Poll Violence, Insecurity
Published May 2, 2011 by the Sudan Tribune.
As polls officially opened on Monday in South Kordofan, the Carter Center expressed concerns over security deterioration in the region, urging concerned authorities to ensure "genuine and credible" process within the state.

 

Jan. 18, 2011
Carter Center: S. Sudan Vote Peaceful and Credible
Published in the Jan. 18, 2011, by Associated Press.
A group of election observers led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Monday that they found Southern Sudan's recent referendum on independence from the north to have been credible.

 

Jan. 10-14, 2011
Answering Your Sudan Questions, Round 1, Round 2, Round 3
Readers were invited to pose questions about Sudan and the referendum on self-determination to President Carter and have them answered on Nicholas D. Kristof's blog. Responses were between Jan. 10-14, 2011, on www.nytimes.com.
The world's eyes are focusing on Sudan, which will hold a referendum on independence in the southern part of the country. The south, which holds more than 75 percent of the country's oil, is expected to vote almost unanimously for secession, and that will start a process that could lead to the birth of Africa's newest country.

 

Jan. 7, 2011
Southern Sudan Votes
Published in the Jan. 7, 2011, by Public Radio International's The World.
The map of Africa is very likely to change soon. The continent's largest country looks set to be split in two as people in southern Sudan start voting in a referendum on independence this Sunday. This is not expected to be a close outcome: it would be a surprise if fewer than 90% of the votes were in favor of breaking away from the north. Matthew Brunwasser reports from Juba, South Sudan.

 

Oct. 31, 2010
Former Ghanaian President Kufuor Hails Peaceful Ivory Coast Vote
Published in the Oct. 31, 2010, by Voice of America.
Ghana's former President, John Kufuor, told VOA he was impressed with officials of Ivory Coast's Independent Electoral Commission for conducting what he described as a peaceful vote Sunday.

 

June 28, 2010
Guinea's First Election Praised for Transparency
Published in the June 28, 2010, by CNN.com.
International observers Monday applauded the first free presidential election in Guinea in more than 50 years, saying it was democratic, inclusive and transparent.

 

June 27, 2010
Guinea Holds First Free Election
Published in the June 27, 2010, by Al Jazeera.
Guinea's presidential election, described as the West Africa nation's first free vote after decades of military rule, has passed off peacefully.

 

June 24, 2010
Observers Say Logistical Challenges Remain for Guinea Vote
Published in the June 24, 2010, by Voice of America.
Excitement is mounting in Guinea for Sunday's vote, but election observers worry that delays in preparation pose potential risks to the electoral process.

 

May 10, 2010
Chaotic Sudan Vote Count Open to Manipulation-Observers
Published May 10, 2010, by Reuters.
Vote-counting after Sudan's April elections was chaotic and open to manipulation, raising concerns over the accuracy of the results, an international observer mission said on Monday.

 

April 15, 2010
Sudan's Future Depends on Acceptance of Vote Results, Says President Carter
Published April 15, 2010, by Voice of America.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says the future of Sudan will depend on how Sudanese accept the results of the just ended general elections.

 

April 13, 2010
Ex-President Carter Welcomes Sudan Vote Extension
Published April 13, 2010, by the Associated Press.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, whose organization is monitoring Sudanese elections, welcomed on Tuesday a two-day extension in the voting as complaints about the process mounted.

 

April 13, 2010
Carter Says Sudan Vote Is Key to Southern Referendum
Published April 13, 2010, by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said that while Sudan's first multiparty elections in 24 years have "serious faults," they are vital to ensuring Southern Sudan is able to hold a referendum on independence next year.

 

Dec. 10, 2009
Refugee Returns to Sudan to Sign Up Voters
Published on Dec. 10, 2009, on CNN.com.
Daniel Deng, like thousands of other children, walked hundreds of miles to escape Sudan's war zone, moving for months farther and farther from his home country.

 

Nov. 3, 2009
Carter Center Cites Obstacles Ahead of Sudan Vote
Published by the Associated Press, Nov. 3, 2009.
Permit delays, lack of funds and security intimidation are obstructing international and local observers from monitoring registration for Sudan's first ever nationwide elections, former President Jimmy Carter's  foundation said on Tuesday.

 

July 26, 2009
Intelligence Report:  Fair Elections
Published in the July 26, 2009, issue of Parade Magazine.
A Q&A with Carter Center Democracy Director David Carroll.

 

June 19, 2009
'Elections Don't Make Democracy'
Published June 19, 2009, by Newsweek.
A global voting monitor suggests that the outside world not jump to conclusions about Iran's vote.

 

June 9, 2009
Carter Satisfied Process Was Fair
Published June 9, 2009, by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Former President Jimmy Carter and his team of observers in Lebanon are hopeful after parliamentary elections Sunday.

 

June 7, 2009
Independents Push for Changes in System
Published in the July 7, 2009, edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Pierre Daher Haddad doesn't stand a chance of winning a seat in Lebanon's parliamentary elections today. A Christian running as an independent for a seat designated to a Muslim, his campaign technically may not even be legal. But that's not the point.

 

Jan. 12, 2009
Commentary: A Victory for Democracy in Africa
Commentary by John Stremlau published Jan. 12, 2009, on CNN.com.
Supporters of democracy around the world can celebrate the January 7 inauguration of Ghana's new president, professor John Evans Atta Mills, who defeated the leader of the incumbent party in a December 28 runoff election by a mere 41,566 votes out of 9,001,478.

 

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