Satuit CFO travels to Ukraine for OSCE mission to observe Election
This summer Satuit's CFO, Steven Nothern, traveled to Ukraine as part of the OSCE mission to observe Ukraine's July 21 Parliamentary election. Ukraine's new President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy's first act following his sweeping landslide election in May was to call for early Parliamentary elections. The United States, one of the 56 nations that form the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) sent 109 representatives to observe the vote; in total the OSCE deployed 810 observers.
"After two very full days of briefings in Kiev on their election laws and environment, I was deployed as a short term observer (STO) to the Khmelnitsky oblast, a region about 4 hours by train South West of the capital. STOs deploy in teams of two, supplemented by a driver and translator, and are assigned an area of responsibility (AoR). Our AoR was almost evenly split between urban and rural. We arrived there two days in advance of election day to assess the election environment, identify where the polling stations were located and check on their state of preparation. On election day polls opened at 8:00 a.m. and closed at 8:00 p.m. Our task was to observe a polling station as it opened, 12-15 polling stations during the day, (at least 1/2 hr. at each), observe a polling station close then stay there as they count the ballots, then follow the results to the regional tabulation center, where we observe the tabulation till we are relieved by a "B" team. At each polling station and then at the tabulation center, we completed a standardized electronic form which we uploaded to the OSCE ops center in Kiev so they could have a real time sense, collected from all the teams, of how polling, counting and tabulation is going across the country.
We ended up observing at 14 polling stations. The vote count at our closing polling station took about 5 hours so we didn't make it to the tabulation center till well past 1:00 a.m. the next morning. Fortunately, our "B" team was there to relieve us! We caught a few hours of sleep and returned mid-morning. Tabulation was not complete till early that evening."
The ultimate task of an observation mission is to collect a statistically significant sample in order to offer an assessment of whether an election was held in accordance with international obligations, standards for democratic elections as well as with national legislation. Additionally, an important task for missions is to submit recommendations on how to make improvements before future elections. Here is a link to an OSCE press release following the mission: https://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/426263
The Ukraine Parliamentary election result? President Zelenskyy's new party achieved an absolute parliamentary majority. A first for Ukraine. Now we'll see if he can make hoped for progress on the economic and security fronts.
Satuit CFO Monitors Vote in Kenya with The Carter Center
September 1, 2017 - Satuit Technologies congratulates the people of Kenya on their democratic election in early August. Steven Nothern, Satuit’s CFO, was an official election observer working as a volunteer with the Carter Center’s Democracy Program. The Carter Center was there to witness Kenya’s second election under its new constitution, drafted in 2010, and 5thsince returning to multi-party elections in 1992.
Steven was part of a team of Short Term Observers brought in to expand the reach of the observation team for Election Day, August 8th. Over 100 representatives for The Carter Center came from over 34 countries and visited polling stations throughout the 290 constituencies to observe the election’s process and fairness. The Center’s objectives in Kenya were to provide impartial assessments of the election process, promote inclusivity to all potential voters and show support for the democratic government. In a fascinating development, Kenya’s Supreme Court on Sept. 1 nullified the election results, citing irregularities, and ordered there be a new election. The Carter Center commended the court in a statement you can read here.
Steven Nothern has observed 9 elections with The Center since 2008 and he looks forward to continued involvement in the years to come. This marks The Carter Center’s 104th election observed in 39 countries since 1989 and demonstrates their continued commitment to the spread of democracy worldwide. To learn more about the Carter Center’s Democracy Program and their other initiatives, please click here.
Polen Capital & Satuit Technologies, Inc., Tee off to Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish® of Southern Florida focuses on making dreams come true for kids with life-threatening medical conditions and 100% of donations will benefit Make-A-Wish. In 2014, Polen Capital began its efforts to raise support. In their inaugural year they granted wishes to 10 courageous children in the local community. [2016 results]. Satuit is proud to support this cause in 2016. We are making a wish come true for a deserving child as well as lunch for all volunteers and participants in the tournament. Chet Hayman, SVP Sales, and Steve McGann, VP Professional and Client Services represented Satuit on the course. We look forward to see how our sponsorship changed the life of child with a life-threatening medical condition. Support is always needed. Here is how you can help Make-A-Wish and find out more about this great event.
Satuit takes part in other organizations outside the office doors...
Our Chief Financial Officer, Steven Nothern, volunteers for the Habitat for Humanity International and the Carter Center Democracy Program. With Habitat for Humanity, Steven has traveled to Haiti to help build homes in Leogane following the 2010 magnitude 7.0 earthquake centered in the town. For more information on the Habitat International work projects, click here
To learn more about the organizations Satuit takes part in, scroll below. To learn more about the Carter Center and Habitat for Humanity, click on the videos below:
A nongovernmental organization founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn. The Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 80 countries by resolving conflicts, advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity, preventing diseases, improving mental health care, and teaching farmers to increase crop production.
Habitat for Humanity is an International, nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1976. Habitat has been devoted to building "simple, decent, and affordable" housing, and has addressed the issues of poverty housing all over the world. The mission statement of Habitat for Humanity is "Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope". Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct rehabilitate or preserve more than 800,000 homes since its founding in 1976, making Habitat the largest not-for-profit builder in the world.
Cradles to Crayons
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth to age 12, living in low-income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive-at home, at school and at play. Cradles to Crayons supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. Read more about how Satuit does their part with this organization here.