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News : International Last Updated: Nov 8, 2018 - 12:54:41 PM


Bahamian Female Politician selected to participate in U.S. State Department Exchange Focused on the U.S. Electoral Process
By US Embassy Nassau
Nov 8, 2018 - 12:46:16 PM

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Ms. Komolafe with Public Affairs Officer Penny Rechkemmer at the U.S. Embassy.

U.S. Embassy Nassau is pleased to announce that Mrs. Arinthia S. Komolafe has been selected to participate in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focused on the U.S. Electoral Process. Mrs. Komolafe joins other political leaders from across the globe in the opportunity to observe the U.S. mid-term elections. During the program, participants will be exposed to U.S. laws and institutions involved in the electoral process, political party campaign organizations, election monitoring and understand the development of democracy and civic education.  During the exchange, Mrs. Komolafe will visit Washington, DC; Phoenix, Arizona; and Seattle, Washington.  Her peers represent more than forty countries including Indonesia, France, Japan, Namibia, the Netherlands and Lithuania.

Mrs. Komolafe currently serves as the Deputy Leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA).  In addition to being a political leader, she is also a financial services professional, attorney-at-law, columnist, civic leader and activist. In April 2014, she was nominated for the U.S. State's Department Global Leadership Mentorship Program for being a strong example of leadership that has made a difference in building The Bahamas.

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Ms. Komolafe with other IVLP participants at the U.S. Department of State.

Prior to leaving for the program, Ms. Komolafe visited the Embassy to meet with Public Affairs Officer Penny Rechkemmer and noted her expectations for the experience. 
 
“It is an honor and privilege to be selected for participation in this prestigious program” said Mrs. Komolafe. “I am thankful to the U.S. Embassy for this opportunity. I look forward to the learning experience and exposure that the program will provide. The expectation is that the knowledge gained, and connections made will be used to further deepen our democracy in The Bahamas upon my return” she concluded.

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Ms. Komolafe at the Old State Capital in Arizona.


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IVLP participants meet with a teacher at Red Montana High School in Arizona to discuss a movement were teachers walked out of classrooms for better pay.


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IVLP participants at the campaign office of Jamie Raskin (D) running for Congress during the US. Mid-term elections.


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Ms. Komolafe and her colleague from Burma at a 2018 U.S. Mid-term Elections watch party for Republican candidates.




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