Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting a briefing on Haiti’s elections. In her letter to Kerry, Clark emphasized her and her constituents’ concern about the elections lacking legitimacy, especially with only one candidate agreeing to run. Clark urges Kerry to “make every effort” to support democratic elections in Haiti.
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US Rep Clark: Electoral ‘crisis’ serious; wants briefing from Secretary Kerry
Bill Forry, Boston Haitian Reporter
January 19, 2016
A member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation is “deeply concerned” about the developing electoral crisis in Haiti and wants assurances from Secretary of State John Kerry that he will “make every effort possible” to support free and fair elections. The letter from US Rep. Katherine M. Clark— dated Jan. 19— comes just days before a scheduled Jan. 24 presidential run-off election that is in turmoil, with one of the two finalists calling for a national boycott.
Rep. Clark— who represents Massachusetts’ 5th district— has requested a briefing on the matter from the US State Department by this Friday. In her letter to Secretary Kerry, Clark says that her “Haitian-American constituents and their families are deeply concerned about fraud in Haiti’s electoral process and the resulting deterioration of of conditions for average Haitians on the ground.” Clark says she is most concerned by the Jan. 24 “lacking legitimacy” if only one of two finalists participates in the run-off.
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