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{UAH} U.S. Rep Bass and former NJ Gov. Whitman on Kenya Election Observer Team

Special To The ...August 01,2017

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Rep. Karen Bass

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has announced that Rep. Karen
Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa,
will join an international, bipartisan election delegation deployed to
Kenya to observe the August 8 general elections. The delegation will
conduct its assessment in accordance with Kenyan law and the
Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation.

Leading NDI's international and bipartisan mission in addition to Rep.
Bass will be:

• Dr. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi; Former Commissioner for
Political Affairs, Africa Union.
• Professor Attahiru Jega; Former Chairman,
Independent National Election Commission of Nigeria.
• Hon. Justice Yvonne Mokgoro; Former Justice,
Constitutional Court of South Africa.
• Governor Christine Todd Whitman; Former Governor of
New Jersey.

NDI has supported Kenyan efforts to strengthen democratic institutions
and advance democratic reforms since 1993. In addition to the
international delegation, NDI -- as in past Kenyan elections -- will
be working in partnership with the Election Observation Group (EOG),
which will deploy over 7,000 citizen election observers across Kenya.

The upcoming delegation follows an April pre-election mission that put
forth recommendations concerning preparations, political dialogue, and
the development of an inclusive political process.

During the week of April 3-7, 2017, NDI conducted an international
pre-election assessment mission to Kenya's general elections, and
released findings and recommendations. The mission examined election
preparations, assessed the political environment, and offered
recommendations that Kenyan citizens, civil society, political
parties, and the government can take to ensure the integrity and
peacefulness of the electoral process.

The delegation included regional and election experts from North
America, Europe and Africa: former chair of South Africa's Independent
Electoral Commission, Dr. Brigalia Bam; former chair of Nigeria's
Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega;
NDI senior associate and director of electoral programs, Pat Merloe;
IRI Board member and former assistant secretary of state for Africa,
Constance Newman; NDI senior associate and director for Southern and
East Africa, Dr. Keith Jennings; and NDI director of Gender, Women and
Democracy, Sandra Pepera.

NDI's international pre-election assessment mission in Kenya was
funded by a grant from the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID). The August delegation is being funded by USAID
and the National Endowment for Democracy.

Milton Allimadi, Publisher/CEO
The Black Star News
P.O. Box 1472
New York, N.Y., 10274
(646) 261-7566

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