Upcoming elections in Guatemala
David Ives, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University, will travel to Guatemala on Sept. 3, to serve as a member of a team that will monitor the country's elections on Sunday, Sept. 6.
"This is a pivotal moment in Guatemalan history with much of the population rising up to protest corruption that has long been a part of Guatemalan life," said Ives, who was invited by The Carter Center to be part of a team that will monitor the election.
Ives will visit polling places to look for any evidence of voter intimidation or electoral fraud. "Any evidence of wrong doing will be reported to a central-voter headquarters for further investigation," Ives said.
Voters will elect a president, vice president, 158 Congressional deputies, 20 deputies to the Central American Parliament and mayors and councils for the country's 338 municipalities.
Ives, who has been executive director of the institute since 2002, holds a bachelor's degree in social work and a master's degree in student personnel and counseling, both from Ohio State University and worked on a doctorate in Latin American history at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Additionally, he also is an adjunct professor of Latin American History, Philosophy, and Political Science. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, where he taught agriculture.
The Albert Schweitzer Institute, which has been affiliated with Quinnipiac since 2002, is committed to introducing Schweitzer's philosophy of "reverence for life" to a broad audience in order to bring about a more civil and ethical human society characterized by respect, responsibility, compassion and service. The institute strives to keep his work and philosophies alive for people throughout the world and for future generations who seek to serve humanity and alleviate suffering.
If you're interested in interviewing Ives, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).