Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

OAS to Monitor Haiti Elections, but won’t Organize

Associated Press

The Organization of American States says it will monitor elections in Haiti next year, but it won’t help organize the votes.

The international body plans to send 80 observers for the Feb. 28 legislative elections and twice that for the presidential contest expected later in the year.

The observers were requested by President Rene Preval. But the OAS said Tuesday it will leave organizing the vote to Haiti’s provisional electoral council to strengthen the local institution.

Opposition groups have criticized the council for decisions that they say favor Preval’s newly formed Unity party. Some are threatening to try to disrupt the elections if the council is not replaced.

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