Election Events: U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
As submitted by embassy staff
Embassy Ashgabat hosted an extremely well-attended Election Day reception the morning of November 7 that coincided with live television coverage of election returns. Over 200 guests attended—double the number that participated in the 2008 election event. A dozen Government of Turkmenistan officials attended, including representatives of the parliament, the Central Election Commission, the Foreign Ministry and the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights. State television and media also covered the event. Visitors followed real-time coverage of the elections broadcast on CNN, Al Jazeera, and Euronews’ Russian service, and tracked results on American news media websites at computers set up for the event. Enthusiastic guests mugged for photo ops with cardboard cutouts of the major party candidates and scooped up election-related informational materials en masse. Information Officer Brad McGuire helped kick off the event with an informative primer on the intricacies of the Electoral College, while Ambassador Robert E. Patterson summarized key themes from Election Day media reporting in his closing remarks as CNN simultaneously projected that President Obama had been re-elected. The event also allowed visitors to participate in a mock election. The Embassy’s Political-Economic section led a public discussion of the results on November 8 with visitors to the Embassy’s Information Resource Center.
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