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Electoral Observation Mission welcomes adoption of recommendations ahead of presidential run-off in Haiti

  January 12, 2016

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) in Haiti welcomes that the Electoral Provisional Council (CEP) is working to adopt most recommendations issued by the Independent Electoral Evaluation Commission and by national and international observers to provide all parties better guarantees ahead of the presidential run-off, announced for January 24.

The Mission takes note that, amongst other measures, the number of party representatives (mandataires) will be reduced from the 900,000 accredited for the October 25 election to 38,000 and these will only be able to vote at the polling station where they are registered. In addition, some polling station members will be replaced and presidential candidates will be allowed to appoint two representatives to supervise the work at the tabulation center. The training of electoral staff will be improved and lists and accreditation criteria for observation groups will be published before Election Day.

The EOM/OAS reiterates the importance of addressing these and other matters to prevent the repetition of the irregularities presented in the August 9 and October 25 elections, urging the CEP to take all necessary measures to timely put them in place.

In light of these efforts, the EOM/OAS calls upon the two run-off contenders to participate actively in the election. By doing so, they will respect the will of the Haitian electorate that voted for them on October 25. The EOM wishes to underscore the importance of having a competitive electoral process so that voters have options to express their political preferences.

The Mission takes note that the 92 newly elected opposition and ruling party deputies took oath on Sunday, followed by the 14 new senators on Monday.

On the occasion of the 6th anniversary of the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, the OAS encourages all political actors to work together for the political, social, and economic development in Haiti. The EOM/OAS reiterates that the successful conclusion of the electoral process is not only the responsibility of the CEP and the government, but also of candidates and political parties, as well as Haitian citizens.

Reference: E-361/16