Vanuatu Electoral Officer to Participate in U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (October 20, 2016)

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the latest participant in this year’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Mr. Gary Tavoa. Mr. Tavoa is the Electoral Compiler for the Vanuatu Electoral Office. His key role in the electoral process of Vanuatu and the exposure and knowledge gained from this project will allow Mr. Tavoa to make significant contributions to future Vanuatu elections. The theme for the IVLP project is “Politics and Elections in America.” The program runs from October 24 through November 11 in the United States.

Together with a group of other international experts, Mr. Tavoa will experience the electoral process commencing with an overview of U.S. processes, procedures, and players involved in the entire political/electoral cycle; illustrate candidate transparency, accountability to constituents, and the importance of citizen participation in the electoral process; analyze the registration process, voter identification measures at polling places, electronic and paper ballot security, and vote counting procedures; and examine campaign strategies and tactics aimed at increasing voter turnout, “Get Out the Vote” activities, and how political parties, new and traditional media, advocacy groups, and grassroots organizations impact election outcomes.

Mr. Tavoa will visit Washington, D.C.; Manchester, New Hampshire; Des Moines, Iowa; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Seattle, Washington.

The IVLP program is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience the United States firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts and experts from other nations. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. The Office of International Visitors within the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs manages IVLP projects.