Congresswoman Katherine Clark has written to Secretary of State John Kerry urging that the U.S. change its position on Haiti’s current elections. Though the electoral process thus far has been marred by fraud and other irregularities, the U.S. government has been urging Haiti to push forward with the elections regardless. In her letter, Rep. Clark explains the importance of Haiti’s next government being perceived as legitimate and reflecting the will of the Haitian people.
Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text.
January 19, 2016
The Honorable John Kerry
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20520
Dear Secretary Kerry,
I am writing to share my constituents’ concerns over the electoral crisis that is unfolding in Haiti, and to urge that the State Department make every effort possible to ensure the views of Haiti’s civilian population lead U.S. foreign policy decisions in this region. Last October, I joined my colleagues in writing to you about allegations of widespread fraud during August’s legislative elections, and in urging you to support a free and fair Presidential election process in Haiti. I appreciated your prompt response about your efforts, but in light of recent events I remain deeply concerned about Haiti’s present elections.
Many of my Haitian-American constituents and their families are deeply concerned about fraud in Haiti’s electoral process and the resulting deterioration of conditions for average Haitians on the ground. Widespread fraud has been alleged in October’s first-round Presidential election, with some claiming that up to 92% of voting sheets contained irregularities. Four of the nine members of the electoral council (CEP) have resigned or suspended activities associated with the January 24th runoff election. Most concerning is the likely Presidential runoff featuring a single, unopposed candidate because of a lack of confidence in the integrity of the election.
Click HERE for the full letter.