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Carter Center Will Not Observe Cherokee Nation Elections

Contact: Soyia Ellison,

ATLANTA - The Carter Center was informed on June 16 of the decision by the Cherokee Nation Election Commission not to extend an invitation to The Carter Center to observe the upcoming elections. While the Center regrets this news, it respects the commission's decision and will not deploy an observer team for the elections.

The 2015 elections will be an important test for the Cherokee Nation's democratic institutions. The Carter Center urges tribal officials to ensure a transparent and credible election process and extends its best wishes to the citizens of the Cherokee Nation for successful elections.

The Carter Center observed elections in Cherokee Nation in 1999 and 2011 and remains prepared to consider providing assistance in the future.


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