Democracy In Focus – Elections

Observing the U.S. Elections at our Posts Around the World

Around the world, from Ashgabat to Zagreb, U.S. embassies and consulates celebrated democracy with a variety of events highlighting the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections. We are proud to feature a selection of the mock elections, roundtable discussions, and watch parties hosted by embassies and consulates.

Click on any of the images below to see a select group of featured photos in a gallery. The embassy hyperlinks will take you directly to each post’s election highlights page on HumanRights.gov.

U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh used social media to involve their 300,000 Facebook fans in a virtual election-night gala.
U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon showed video footage of the 2008 concession and victory speeches by Senators John McCain and Barack Obama to highlight the value of a peaceful transition of power.
U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China hosted an election-night event for nearly 500 Chinese and American guests that included mock voting booths, candidate information tables, and a live election-tracking map.
U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Croatia facilitated events for students and young leaders to discuss the balloting procedure, watch the presidential and vice presidential debates, and participate in mock elections.
U.S. Embassy in Dili, East Timor held a “What does democracy mean to you?” essay contest and published winning entries on Facebook.
U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea conducted a straw poll and hosted a post-election breakfast with members of Eritrean civil society and government.
U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki, Greece hosted an election returns breakfast for approximately 60 students and faculty from the American Farm School, Pinewood and Anatolia College.
U.S. Embassy St. George, Grenada hosted an event with local youth leaders to watch and discuss the second presidential debate.
U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala entertained election night guests with mock elections, trivia tables, quizzes, and prizes.
U.S. Consulate in Chennai, India celebrated election night with a series of events, including roundtable discussions on election-related issues and three election watch parties.
U.S. Consulate in Medan, Indonesia hosted 250 guests from business, academia, politics and civil society to watch the results on a big screen and to participate in a series of short discussions about elements of U.S. democracy that differ from Indonesia.
U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq hosted citizens from across Iraq on the eve of the election and during the day to watch the final tallies come in.
U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Ireland hosted an election breakfast to coincide with election returns. Media outlets “Morning Ireland” and “Ireland AM” broadcast live segments from the event.
U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem hosted an election celebration on November 6 for Palestinian contacts, including members of the diplomatic corps, government officials, university presidents, prominent business leaders, civil society activists, and journalists.
U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya hosted students, the media, and Kenyan government officials at an early morning breakfast to coincide with U.S. election returns.
U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia facilitated events for students and young leaders to discuss the balloting procedure, watch the presidential and vice presidential debates, and participate in mock elections.
U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico engaged local university students, professors, and local media with interactive talks, trivia contests, and a “Tweet Up” estimated to reach 1 million users.
U.S. Embassy Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia hosted local media, students, and representatives of civil society to watch election coverage together and record results as the votes came in.
U.S. Consulate Auckland, New Zealand engaged 150 students from four different New Zealand universities by providing non-partisan election commentary and by using social media to showcase the tweets of guests attending both the Auckland event and the U.S. Embassy event in Wellington.
U.S. Embassy in Muscat, Oman held a youth outreach event called “Experience the U.S. Elections!” on the morning of November 7, 2012.
U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea visited secondary school students, gave guest lectures at universities on the U.S. electoral process prior to the election, and hosted a final election watch reception.
U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines set up “interaction points” as backdrops to the televised election coverage in shopping malls in Manila and Cebu and engaged mall-goers on the election and democratic ideals.
U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland presented a number of video clips from the third presidential debate to students who then discussed U.S. foreign policy and the election.
U.S. Embassy in Lomé, Togo hosted a celebration that attracted nearly 300 Togolese people to watch live feeds of the election results and participate in a mock presidential vote.
U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey partnered with the Institute for Creative Minds and CNN-Turkan to host an election night program at historic Haydarpasa Train Station.
U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan hosted over 200 guests at an Election Day reception the morning of November 7 that coincided with live television coverage of election returns.
U.S. Mission in Kampala, Uganda hosted over 200 guests, including dignitaries and members of the public, for an election morning watch which included mock elections and live election coverage.
U.S. Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine hosted students, public and private citizens at a breakfast with with Ambassador Tefft the morning of November 7.
U.S. Embassy Montevideo, Uruguay celebrated the election with live Electoral College maps, a voting information center, and social media.


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