Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Key Member of International Community Supports Haiti Election Verification

Sir Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States and the OAS, made a statement to the Miami Herald earlier this month, in support of an election verification in Haiti. Now, he’s added an op-ed to the conversation, further explaining how the legitimacy of Haiti’s next government is at stake if the verification doesn’t happen. Sanders makes a valid point that: “If Jovenel Moïse and Jude Célestin, who emerged from the first round as contenders, have faith in their electability, they should have no fear of verification.”

Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.

Don’t rush Haiti’s presidential vote

Sir Ronald Sanders, Miami Herald

April 20. 2016

Supporters of Haitian presidential candidate Jovenel Moise hold a demonstration in Port-au-Prince to demand that a final round of voting not be postponed any longer. No date for the election has been set by the interim government.

Peace and development will be endangered in Haiti if the United States and other nations insist that the interim government holds the second round of a truncated election for president without a verification process of last October’s round of voting.

The secretary-general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, who visited Haiti last week, was right to say that the Haitian authorities should be given time to organize the elections. He had invited me to accompany him to Haiti because I had led an earlier OAS mission that oversaw an agreement between the political players that led to the creation of an interim government after former President Michel Martelly left office in February when his term expired. Although I could not join him on this visit, I fully endorse his statement.

Among the observer groups at the Oct. 25 elections was the OAS. At the time, we faced continuous claims from Haitians that the OAS contributed to foisting flawed election results by declaring them acceptable. Of course, this allegation was robustly resisted not only because it was absolutely untrue, but also because we knew it had become a convenient political crutch for all the candidates who had performed badly at the polls.
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