Experienced international election monitor to present workshop

Darlene Shea
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CHARLOTTETOWN - Lloyd Dalziel, an Islander with wide experience in election observation and monitoring, will present to the workshop, Democracy: Democratic Elections, Global & Domestic.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, March  5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Cathedral Hall, Charlottetown.

The workshop is free-of-charge, but donations will be accepted to help pay for rental and snacks. An evening snack is provided.

The event is partially funded by the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation. Pre-registration is required at cooperinstitute@eastlink.ca or phone 894-4573.

Dalziel's reflection on free and fair elections on the international level will provide workshop participants with various criteria for evaluating how electoral processes can function in Canada's democracy. His work over the years with various election monitoring agencies has involved him in elections in Haiti, Sudan, and Ukraine.  

The goal of the democracy workshop is to engage ACIC members and associates in analysis-for-action to improve electoral processes here at home and in countries of the global south. It will identify how properly-run elections benefit a democracy and how undemocratic elections have negative effects on the community and can destroy democracy.

There will be an analysis of who benefits from faulty or fraudulent elections and who are the real "winners" in truly democratic (of, by, and for, the people) electoral processes.

The workshop will examine models in which the population owns the process and can direct it toward the building up of democratic engagement. The participants in the workshop will examine concrete actions each individual and organization can take to promote more democratic elections.

Storm date is Thursday, March 6.

Organizations: Cathedral Hall, Atlantic Council for International Cooperation

Geographic location: Peter, Charlottetown, Canada Haiti Sudan Ukraine

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