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OAS Assistant Secretary General Praises Haitian People’s “Commitment to Peace and Orderly Conduct” during Elections

  March 25, 2011

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert R. Ramdin, has praised the “commitment to peace and orderly conduct” of the Haitian People in the second round of elections that took place March 20th, 2011. Speaking to stakeholders in Washington DC, at a meeting of the Group of Friends of Haiti, Ambassador Ramdin said he hopes the elections will be “the beginning of stability, recovery and reconstruction for the benefit of the Haitian people.”

Assistant Secretary General Ramdin traveled to Haiti for the second round of the elections which was observed by a Joint Electoral Observation Mission (JEOM) that has been in the country since the beginning of the electoral process in 2010, and will remain until after the announcement of the final results.

The OAS official described the political climate during the second round of elections as "relatively stable" compared to the first round. The return of former Presidents Aristide and Duvalier ahead of the elections, he said, "did not appear to have any real impact or intervene with the process itself.”

According to Ambassador Ramdin, Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) also appeared to make an effort to implement some of the recommendations contained in the OAS Expert Report, following the first round of elections in November, 2010. "Things were not perfect, but we saw that there was an attempt to improve," said Ramdin.

An official report on the elections is expected to be presented by Mission Chief Colin Granderson.

Alternate Representative of Haiti to the OAS, Ambassador Laurence Pean-Mevs meanwhile thanked members of the international community who assisted with the Electoral Observer Mission. Ambassador Pean-Mevs also highlighted the “serene and tranquil environment that predominated last Sunday’s elections.” “We firmly believe the Haitian people will be accepting of the results, ensuring the setup of a new president in the near future," she said.

Preliminary results of the elections are expected by March 31st, 2011, with final results expected by April 15. A new leader is expected to assume the country’s highest office sometime between April 15 and May 14, when term of current President René Preval expires.

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Reference: E-585/11