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NDI Delegation to Assess PRE-ELECTION Environment in Moldova

December 12, 2018


Chisinau – The National Democratic Institute (NDI) will field a pre-election assessment mission for the February 24, 2019 parliamentary elections in Moldova.

The mission, which will be in Moldova December 12-15, seeks to demonstrate the interest of the international community in the development of the country’s democratic political process and offer an impartial assessment of the political environment.

Members of the delegation include Michael Carpenter, senior director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement; Katie Fox, NDI deputy director for Eurasia; Laura Jewett, NDI regional director for Eurasia; Samantha Schifrin, legislative assistant to U.S. Representative David E. Price; Pamela Hyde Smith, former U.S. ambassador to Moldova; Zlatko Vujoviæ, president of the governing board of the Center for Monitoring and Research CeMI and secretary general of the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations; and Andrew Young, director of NDI’s Moldova office.

The delegation will assess the state of preparations for the elections, including the legal and political environment, through a series of meetings with government and election officials, parliamentary candidates, political party leaders, and representatives of civil society, the media, the international community, and government.

Following completion of the assessment, the delegation will present its findings, and offer any recommendations for improvements to the process, at a press conference on Saturday, December 15.

The delegation will conduct its activities in a nonpartisan manner in accordance with applicable law and international standards for election monitoring set forth in the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation.

The mission is funded by the National Endowment for Democracy.

The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan nongovernmental organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. More information is available at

Andrei Rusanovschi,, +373 22 802302, in Chisinau
Jerry Hartz,, +1 202 728 5500, in Washington


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