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Carter Center Delegation Headed by Former Nigerian President, General Yakubu Gowon

June 23, 2010

General Yakubu Gowon to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Guinea’s June 27 Elections
Press Release | 16 hours ago
Conakry…The Carter Center announced today that General Dr. Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former head of state, will co-lead the Center’s international election observation delegation to Guinea along with Dr. John Stremlau, Carter Center vice president for peace programs. The Carter Center mission will also include more than 30 observers representing over 15 different nations deployed throughout the country.

The co-leaders will meet with key political stakeholders: transitional government representatives, the National Electoral Commission (CENI), political party leaders, and representatives of domestic and international election observation delegations, among others, and will observe the polls on election day and the counting process.

The Carter Center deployed its core electoral observation team on May 1. Eight long-term election observers have been reporting from Guinea’s four geographic regions; they were recently joined by more than 20 short-term observers who are being briefed in Conakry prior to their deployment.

On June 21, the Center released a statement of its findings so far on Guinea’s pre-electoral environment. The statement noted that in spite of the logistical challenges facing electoral preparations, the Center is encouraged that all stakeholders are committed to a transparent process and to peaceful acceptance of credible election results. It is important for political parties to follow through on their campaign messages promoting reconciliation and peaceful elections. The full report is available at

The Center’s observation mission is conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation.

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