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International Elections Monitor To Speak

Elie Seats, the International Elections Monitor

By Mark Bilker

Ellie Seats, a professional in international electoral assistance, will share many of her first-hand experiences managing foreign assistance in several nations transitioning from their Soviet past, as well as in postconflict settings of Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Iraq, during a lecture April 26 at the Biblioteca’s Sala Quetzal. The program is presented by the San Miguel chapter of Democrats Abroad.

Among the specific areas of interest Seats is expected to address are various approaches to electoral assistance and their underlying rationales, as well as how different donors interpret the line between promoting democracy and interfering in the domestic affairs of a nation. Her discussion will also include previewing the potential range of assistance activities, including legislative analysis of election-related laws, political party development, election administration, public engagement, and validation.

An experienced trainer and licensed attorney in the US, Seats has worked in international development for the past 20 years. As a Foreign Service officer with USAID, she designed and managed rule of law, and anticorruption and electoral programs in the Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Serbia, Jordan, and Zimbabwe. Seats has also implemented foreign assistance programs in Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Sri Lanka. She is presently working as an independent consultant conducting trainings and program evaluations throughout the world.

A cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law, Seats was also until recently an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.

There will be a question and answer period following the formal presentation. Tickets for this event, at 150 pesos, are currently available at the Santa Ana Theatre box office.



Presented by Democrats Abroad

With Ellie Seats

Thu, April 26, 2–4pm

Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca

Reloj 50A

150 pesos donation



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