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Pepperdine Professor and Law Alumnus Monitor Nigeria's Presidential and Parliamentary Elections
The International Republican Institute (IRI) announced Wednesday that it will send an international delegation to monitor Nigeria's April 21 presidential and parliamentary elections, and among the representatives is Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes and alumnus of Pepperdine University School of Law, and Dr. Robert Lloyd, professor of international relations at Pepperdine University.
Prosper and Lloyd will join representatives from China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Hungary, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Namibia, Poland, Somaliland, Sudan, Uganda, and the United States in traveling to Nigeria to monitor voting and ballot counting throughout the country. Following the voting, IRI will issue a statement on the findings of the delegation.
Other delegates include the Honorable Andras Gyurk, of Hungary, a member of the European Parliament; Abbe Apollinaire Muholongu Malumalu, president of the Independent Electoral Commission of Democratic Republic of Congo; Israel Akinsanya, the national chairman of Liberia's Liberty Party; Rasheed Ali, aide to the secretary-general of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement; and Scott Palmer, former Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Dennis Hastert.
Delegates, along with IRI staff, will travel to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, on April 14. Once there, delegates will be briefed by representatives from the U.S. Embassy, Nigeria's National Elections Commission, international and Nigerian nongovernmental organizations, political parties, and representatives of the media. They will also be briefed on the rights and responsibilities of international observers and Nigerian election law.
Delegates will then be deployed throughout the country where they will monitor polling stations and identify and evaluate strengths and weaknesses in Nigeria's election system, including campaign regulations, the balloting process, vote tabulation, and reporting.
IRI has played a role promoting Nigeria's democratic transition and has worked to strengthen the political process in the country since 1998. IRI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing democracy worldwide and has monitored more than 130 elections in more than 40 countries.