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Officials from Azerbaijan, Albania, Kazakhstan Will Watch U.S. Election to Make Sure It's Free, Fair
cnsnews ^ | October 22, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough

Posted on 10/22/2012 12:39:48 PM PDT by NYer

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev meets with President Obama at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington in April 2010. (AP Photo/File)

(CNSNews.com) – When American voters go to the polls next month, among those observing the election will be monitors from four countries judged by the veteran democracy watchdog Freedom House as “not free” and another six it regards as “partly free.”

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observers will “assess these elections for compliance with international obligations and standards for democratic elections.”

They will also look into voter-identification and other laws which critics have labeled “racially discriminatory.”

In a recent letter to the head of the OSCE mission, Dutch diplomat Daan Everts, liberal groups decried what they called “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans – particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities, low-income people, women, young people, persons with disabilities, and the elderly.”

Everts heads a team deployed by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to monitor the elections at the invitation of the U.S. government.

The mission comprises 13 “international experts” based in Washington and another 44 “long-term observers” in states across the nation to monitor the presidential and congressional elections.

Twelve of the 44 observers come from four countries which Freedom House ranks “not free” – Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan; or from six that are deemed “partly free” – Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Georgia, Macedonia and Ukraine.

“Observers will assess these elections for compliance with international obligations and standards for democratic elections, including the commitments agreed to by all the OSCE participating states, and with national legislation,” the ODIHR said in a statement.

Observers will meet with relevant federal and state officials, political parties and candidates, and also monitor “a cross section of media outlets, with quantitative and qualitative analysis of their political and election-related coverage.”

“In line with ODIHR’s methodology for limited election observation, the mission will not carry out systematic or comprehensive observation of the voting, counting, and tabulation on election day,” it explained. “Mission members will, however, visit a number of polling stations across the country to follow election day procedures.”

The OSCE has observed U.S. elections since 2002.

In an interim report on Friday, the observer mission stated that “[r]ecent state-level legislative initiatives to limit early voting and introduce stricter voter identification have become highly polarized. Democrats are concerned that these would disenfranchise eligible voters, while Republicans believe they are necessary to protect the integrity of the vote.”

In a letter to Everts on October 12, activist groups including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) urged him to deploy the monitors “in those states where restrictions on voting have been most extensive,” and cited Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

“Poll monitors should be particularly vigilant about requests for, and acceptance of, identification of those seeking to vote, particularly if certain groups, such as racial minorities and young voters, are being targeted,” they wrote.

The signatories, who included Leadership Conference president Wade Henderson and NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous, raised concerns about conservative anti-voter fraud groups that have been mobilizing volunteers as poll-watchers.

“The valuable work of an impartial body like the OSCE in validating the reliability and fairness of our nation’s election systems has proven indispensable over the years,” they told the OSCE official.

“We believe that in this hyper-partisan climate, it is more important than ever that we maintain the integrity of our elections and take the necessary steps to ensure that the right to vote is protected for all Americans – a right for which many have given their lives.”

The appeal to the OSCE follows a NAACP initiative to draw the attention of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (HRC) to what it calls “voter-suppression” measures.

In September, a NAACP delegation visited the HRC in Geneva, urging the body to investigate “racially-discriminatory election laws” in the U.S., with a particular focus on those affecting people with felony convictions. The delegation said the HRC should then make recommendations to the U.S., aimed at restoring the political and voting rights of all citizens.

A NAACP delegation also visited the HRC last March, when Jealous addressed the council on voter-ID and other laws. Among his audience were representatives of countries whose citizens have long been denied a free vote, including Cuba, China and Saudi Arabia.

‘Not free’

Each year the Washington-based Freedom House evaluates political rights and civil liberties in the nations of the world, and then ranks them as “free,” “not free” or “partly free.”

Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, has been evaluated as “not free” every year since 1995.

Freedom House’s 2012 report notes that Kazakhstan’s 71 year-old president “won a new five-year term in an April 2011 snap election, reportedly receiving 96 percent of the vote. Many potential challengers had been disqualified or boycotted the election, leaving three mostly symbolic opponents.”

“Kazakhstan is not an electoral democracy,” it says. “The constitution grants the president considerable control over the legislature, the judiciary, and local governments. Under the current constitutional rules, President Nursultan Nazarbayev may serve an indefinite number of five-year terms.”

Kazakhstan is providing three of the 44 OSCE observers who will monitor the U.S. elections.

While Kazakhstan received Freedom House’s second worst score (six out of a possible seven) for political rights and third worst score (five out of a possible seven) for civil liberties, Belarus ranked even worse in 2012, getting a seven for political rights and a six for civil liberties.

Situated between Russia and Poland, former Soviet republic Belarus is sometimes dubbed “Europe’s last dictatorship.”

“Public protests following the deeply flawed December 19, 2010, presidential election led incumbent Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who claimed to have won a new term, to orchestrate an extensive crackdown on all forms of dissent,” Freedom House says. “Most visibly, three former presidential candidates received prison terms of five years or more for their roles in the demonstrations.”

Belarus is providing one of the 44 OSCE observers who will monitor the U.S. elections, as are “not free” Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: 2012issues; albania; azerbaijan; belarus; borat; elections; fraud; kazakhstan; muslimvote; muslimworld; naacp; naalcp; osce; putin; russia; sovietunion

1 posted on 10/22/2012 12:39:58 PM PDT by NYer
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To: All
We already know of another "interested" party to this election.


"After my election, I will have more flexibility ..."

2 posted on 10/22/2012 12:41:36 PM PDT by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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To: NYer

A sick joke.


3 posted on 10/22/2012 12:41:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: NYer

So, let me get this straight...
We introduced free and fair elections to the world. Now we are asking the world to monitor our elections to make sure they are free and fair?
Um...


4 posted on 10/22/2012 12:42:11 PM PDT by TexasPatriot1 ("I reject your reality and insert my own." Adam Savage)
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To: NYer

Take a banana with you to the polls. Hand it to the first U.N. third worlder you see.


5 posted on 10/22/2012 12:42:31 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Get the transcript Candy! - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: NYer

Disgusting.


6 posted on 10/22/2012 12:43:43 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: NYer

Oh great... Borat at your polling place.

This is some kind of make-work program they have going.


7 posted on 10/22/2012 12:43:46 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: NYer

Most don’t even know where Kakazhstan is.


8 posted on 10/22/2012 12:45:05 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Winning is Everything.)
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To: NYer

Kazakhstan women are beautiful. Mostly. OH, anyway, I’m worried that these ‘monitors’ might be the ones involved in voter fraud.. Are they immune from OUR voter fraud laws? Hmmm..


9 posted on 10/22/2012 12:45:41 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: Berlin_Freeper

right next to DirkaDirkastan


10 posted on 10/22/2012 12:46:54 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Winstons Julia

Sooooo, what do we do when the “inspectors” demand political asylum here in the US?


11 posted on 10/22/2012 12:49:13 PM PDT by pfony1
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To: NYer

President Romney and Vice-President Ryan will put an end to this kind of stupidity for the next election!


12 posted on 10/22/2012 12:49:45 PM PDT by plushaye (Election 2012 Prayer Force)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
Borat and his beautiful sister.
13 posted on 10/22/2012 12:50:06 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: pfony1

Laugh really hard?


14 posted on 10/22/2012 12:57:28 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: NYer

Kazakhstan is a Russian puppet state. All three are MUSLIM countries. This is profoundly wrong. LEAVE THE UN!


15 posted on 10/22/2012 12:58:41 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Near Uzbekibekibekistanstan


16 posted on 10/22/2012 12:59:05 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: NYer
Albania?? 70% Muslim??

Who authorized these people to attend our elections? And since when??

17 posted on 10/22/2012 12:59:15 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: NYer

Let me guess - they’ll all be staying at 5-star hotels, having lots of expensive wine and food, and some sexy-sexy at public expense.


18 posted on 10/22/2012 1:00:32 PM PDT by Tenlein
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
Kazakhstan women are beautiful.

I can attest to that! My best friend dated a gal from there, and she was like model material! Then she had several sisters who were just as good looking!
19 posted on 10/22/2012 1:00:32 PM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: EEGator

I suppose it’s illegal to spit on un observers right?
how bout we fart in their direction?


20 posted on 10/22/2012 1:01:18 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com (I AM UNREPRESENTED))
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To: TexasPatriot1

What?
Albania is famous for one man one vote one time. That’s what The
New President for Life Obama wants.


21 posted on 10/22/2012 1:03:58 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: NYer

I wonder what type of visas they will be traveling with? If they are tourist, then calling the police may be an option since they will be working. Just a possibility.


22 posted on 10/22/2012 1:05:34 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: plushaye
President Romney and Vice-President Ryan will put an end to this kind of stupidity for the next election!

According to the above article ... The OSCE has observed U.S. elections since 2002. IOW, it began under President George W. Bush. That said, does this mean that we get to monitor their elections?

23 posted on 10/22/2012 1:06:52 PM PDT by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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To: NYer

IMHO anyone not an American citizen, who shows up at the poling place is interfering with our election process and should be arrested and jailed immediately; and since they are not citizens, they have no right to bail or counsel.


24 posted on 10/22/2012 1:08:42 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama loved the poor so much, he created millions more.)
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To: NYer

Our elections are run by county officials. The county registrars of voters should announce that any UN observers who show up at the polling places will have their asses thrown out into the street.


25 posted on 10/22/2012 1:10:25 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: NYer

What was started can be stopped IMHO. I do hope Romney-Ryan will stop this, and any other international agency interference.


26 posted on 10/22/2012 1:13:28 PM PDT by plushaye (Election 2012 Prayer Force)
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To: TexasPatriot1
Without going into details, someone I work with, who is a non-citizen, was complaining that the US is spending money on the military instead of putting it into federal research grants. The country this person is from is in the middle of a significant military build up.
27 posted on 10/22/2012 1:17:21 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: forgotten man

I just now called my election board to ask if the UN were going to monitor our election. The lady just laughed and thought that I was nuts. I laughed like I was nuts and then told her it was not a laughing matter!


28 posted on 10/22/2012 1:21:01 PM PDT by elephant
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To: bicyclerepair

29 posted on 10/22/2012 1:22:44 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Great Success!


30 posted on 10/22/2012 1:23:42 PM PDT by dfwgator (World Series bound and picking up steam, GO GET 'EM,TIGERS!)
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To: EEGator; bicyclerepair

I had the Monty Python and the Holy Grail guard pic, but the mods deleted it.


31 posted on 10/22/2012 1:27:14 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: BenLurkin

The individuals allowed to be in the polling place are limited to Pole judges ,clerks, watchers with credentials and voters. Sorry UN observers your not on the list and will need to stay one hundred fifty feet from the entrance. We will make you aware of this on your arrival and if need be have you forcefully removed by local law enforcement. The individual states and counties within represent the governing body responsible not the fed and darn sure not the UN.


32 posted on 10/22/2012 1:29:11 PM PDT by SAWTEX
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To: dfwgator

“Although Kazakhstan a glorious country, it have a problem, too: economic, social, and Jew.”


33 posted on 10/22/2012 1:30:56 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

It may be a bandwidth exceedance issue. It happens.


34 posted on 10/22/2012 1:33:59 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: TurboZamboni

North of Crazystan.


35 posted on 10/22/2012 1:40:47 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

How much more bizarre can the news reports get ?


36 posted on 10/22/2012 1:47:27 PM PDT by KTM rider
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To: rfp1234

Okay, that makes a lot more sense. I should try thinking logically first...thanks.


37 posted on 10/22/2012 1:51:02 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: NYer
So like most Marxist propaganda headlines , this is the opposite of what it says.

"[quote]“Poll monitors should be particularly vigilant about requests for, and acceptance of, identification of those seeking to vote, particularly if certain groups, such as racial minorities and young voters, are being targeted,” they wrote."[/quote]

sounds like they want to ensure Early Cheating. I personally witnessed mass voter fraud in '08 by busloads of black voters recieving multiple "early voting" ballots , the lines were in the hundreds, every day, alll day , just gwt in line as many times as they want and get another ballot, no questions asked

38 posted on 10/22/2012 1:57:36 PM PDT by KTM rider
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To: NYer

i don’t care who watches as long as we count the votes in the good ole usa... what? a company in spain will count the votes. aren’t they being bailed out by obama?

doesn’t romney plan to cut foreign aid?

it should be alright, right?

teeman


39 posted on 10/22/2012 2:33:25 PM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: NYer

I bet that some Russians come along too. And some Chinese.

The Russians are “Experts” in staging “free and fair” rigged elections.


40 posted on 10/22/2012 9:37:32 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Kick Obama out of the White House in 2012.)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Creepy story.


41 posted on 10/22/2012 9:55:04 PM PDT by thecodont
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