Citing “allegations of fraud and electoral misconduct,” U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings states in his January 8, 2016 letter to Secretary Kerry that, “though the push for truly free and fair elections in Haiti may be difficult, the United States must do all that it can to ensure that Haiti moves closer to such elections in the coming days and months.” Rep. Hastings’ letter joins Rep. Frederica Wilson’s December 14 letter, and December 13 and December 2 editorials by the editorial boards of The New York Times and Miami Herald respectively, which all support Haitian civil society’s demand for a Haitian-led, independent investigation into the serious allegations of fraud as prerequisite to any runoff.
Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text.
January 8, 2016
The Honorable John Kerry
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20520
Dear Secretary Kerry:
I write to you today as the current Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and the former President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE’s) Parliamentary Assembly, to address the current democratic crises unfolding in Haiti.
With allegations of fraud and electoral misconduct coming from Haiti’s electorate in the aftermath of its October 25, 2015 elections, Haitians have once again been forced to contend with the seemingly Sisyphean task of establishing free adn fair elections in their country. The people of Haiti have struggled for decades to create legitimate democratic institutions for themselves and future generations, and though the push for truly free and fair elections in Haiti may be difficult, the United States must do all that it can to ensure that Haiti moves closer to such elections in the coming days and months, as the country works to hold a presidential runoff election.
The United States’ unyielding support for the establishment of strong democratic institutions in Haiti will help to cement confidence in such institutions and in the overall democratic process as it takes further root throughout Haiti.
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