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OAS Electoral Mission in Haiti Completes Deployment Ahead of Sunday´s Elections

  November 18, 2016

The Organization of American States’ Electoral Observation Mission (OAS/EOM) in Haiti completed today its deployment across the country. A team of 130 experts and observers of 24 nationalities, headed by former Uruguayan senator Juan Raúl Ferreira, will be observing Sunday’s election in all ten departments of Haiti.

The Mission includes a number of specialists that are analyzing in depth key aspects of the electoral process, including electoral organization and technology, electoral registration, electoral justice and the participation of women. On Election Day the OAS will observe the process from the opening of the polls to the counting of the votes. A team will remain in the country until the tabulation process has concluded.

The OAS has accompanied the ongoing Haitian electoral process since 2015. During this period of time the EOM has observed that the electoral authorities have adopted several measures to strengthen the electoral process.

¨We have seen improvements in comparison to the prior phases of the process, notwithstanding the adverse circumstances¨, said Chief of Mission Ferreira. The OAS/EOM appeals to the citizens to join in these efforts by coming out to vote in a massive and orderly manner on Sunday and calls upon candidates to act in a responsible manner, allowing a democratically elected president, as well as legislators and senators, to take office in 2017.

Reference: E-222/16