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The OAS Legal Expert Mission Begins its Work

  January 25, 2011

Requested by President René Préval on December 13, 2010, the Legal Expert Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) for the accompaniment of the contestation phase of the presidential election arrived in Haiti on January 22, 2011. The Mission met yesterday with the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to discuss the modalities of its work.

Composed of four legal experts from Canada, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay, the Mission will attend the hearings at the national level (BCEN) on the presidential election in order to evaluate the process and make the corresponding observations and recommendations, as well as to provide technical legal assistance on the contestation phase, if necessary and requested by the CEP.

As stipulated in the Agreement signed on December 29, 2010, between the Government of Haiti, the CEP and the OAS, “neither party shall publish or publicly comment on the work of the Legal Expert Mission until its report is handed over to the Government of Haiti.”

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-514/11