Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

OAS Helps Launch Identification Campaign in Haiti ahead of Presidential Elections

South Florida Caribbean News

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – The Organization of American States (OAS), together with the National Identification Office (ONI) of Haiti and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), recently launched a National Registration Campaign to offer identification services to many Haitian citizens in preparation for the November 28, 2010, Presidential elections.

The campaign supports mobile units to provide identification services to a great number of citizens who require identification cards. This is one of the initiatives the OAS has emphasized, following the earthquake that struck Haiti early this year, and is part of the Organization’s objective to contribute to the democratic stability of the Caribbean country and to the stability of the ongoing electoral process.

In anticipation of an increase in demand for identification cards, ONI, with OAS support, has set up 40 mobile units that travel throughout the country and have the necessary personnel and equipment to process applications for new identification cards, reprinting lost cards, and requests for changes of address. The units also will be able to complete the delivery of cards ahead of elections scheduled for November 28.

The mobile units are working within communities and camps, prioritizing locations where a large demand for cards is expected. Mobile units have also been placed at ONI headquarters in Port-au-Prince.

Along with the nationwide registration campaign, a national public awareness campaign has been launched via community leaders, who have been encouraging and motivating citizens within their communities to utilize the services of the mobile units. Meanwhile, radio spots will be broadcast on both national and community radio stations to further encourage citizens not to wait and to submit their applications today.

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