Observing the U.S. Election: Muscat, Oman

Election Events: U.S. Embassy Muscat, Oman

As submitted by embassy staff

As the new U.S. Ambassador to Oman, our elections event was a great opportunity for me to showcase American democratic values in a very interactive way. We held our “Experience the U.S. Elections!” youth outreach event during the morning of November 7, 2012. Youth alumni from all Department of State exchange programs, including Middle East Partnership Initiative, were the key group of invitees to expose a strategically important youth audience to the transparency and mechanics of the U.S. political process. With the interactive “Experience the U.S. Elections!” program, Embassy Muscat has renewed and solidified relationships with alumni and political/economic sector contacts that might otherwise not have been able to experience the U.S. election and democratic political processes. Guests also included contacts in the political/economic sector, civil society, academics, and the media. As the election results were broadcast on multiple screens, guests participated in series of interactive activities to enhance understanding about the U.S. elections, including participation in our straw ballot, visiting our information booth, and following live-tweets from Omani journalists in the U.S. Following up on the elections event, the public affairs section plans to hold “What Happens Next?” presentations at local colleges and universities.”

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