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Haiti: OAS Electoral Observation Mission Expresses Concern over Political Impasse ahead of Second Round of Elections

  January 19, 2016

The Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Haiti, consistent with its position that favors competitive elections for the improvement of Haitian Democracy, expresses its concern on the current political impasse ahead of Sunday´s second round of elections.

The Mission urges all Haitian political players to engage in dialogue and negotiations to find a meaningful solution to this impasse.

Following the recommendations of the Commission created to improve the electoral process, important measures were taken.

Of greatest significance was the decision to separate the dates of the presidential polls from the local ones, a step that resulted in a drastic reduction in the number of party representatives (mandataires), which has been generally seen as one of the main sources of irregularities.

However, these measures have not achieved the intended level of confidence that they originally pursued.

The Mission underscores that according to article 3 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, access to power should be in accordance with the rule of law and the holding of periodic, free, and fair elections based on secret balloting and universal suffrage.

The OAS/EOM firmly condemns any act of violence, in particular those directed against institutions in charge of the electoral process.

Reference: E-002/16