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OAS Assistant Secretary General Responds to Election Concerns in Haiti

Caribbean Press Releases Washington  — The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Chairman of the Haiti Task Force in Washington, DC, Ambassador Albert Ramdin, has responded to concerns about the credibility of the presidential elections scheduled to take place in Haiti next month. The OAS and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have mounted the largest-ever Joint Electoral Observation Mission for the November 28th poll in the earthquake-torn country. Concerns have been expressed about Haiti’s ability to hold the elections, as well as the transparency and credibility of the process, given the slow pace of recovery following the January 12th earthquake. The OAS second in command says the decision to go ahead with the elections was taken by the Haitian government in accordance with constitutional provisions. “These elections have been organized by Haiti’s own Provisional Electoral Council […]

OAS Stakeholders meet on Haiti’s Preparation for November Elections

Caribbean Press Releases Haiti’s state of readiness for the November 28, 2010 General Election was this week reviewed by key stakeholders at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. Representatives of Member States and Permanent Observers of the OAS participated in a meeting of the “Haiti Group of Friends” on Wednesday on the issue. OAS Assistant Secretary General and Chair of the Group of Friends of Haiti, Ambassador Albert Ramdin informed the meeting of some of the challenges being faced by Haiti’s Office of National Identity (ONI) and Haitian citizens in the lead up to the election. The Assistant Secretary General, who met a day earlier with the director of Haiti’s ONI, said the registration process was being challenged by limited technical resources, given the large amount of Haitian citizens trying to register to vote 2 months before […]

OAS Member States and Permanent Observers Pledge Assistance to Haiti Electoral Observation Mission

Organization of American States Member States and Permanent Observer countries of the Organization of American States ( OAS) made individual commitments this week during a meeting of the OAS Group of Friends of Haiti to assist the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) that will accompany the Caribbean nation’s electoral process culminating in General Elections scheduled for November. The United States and Spain made specific offers of financial assistance while other Member States and Permanent Observers pledged to support the effort through contributions in kind or financial resources towards covering its costs, which are an estimated $5.3 million. The purpose of the EOM is to accompany the electoral process and help guarantee transparency in the elections by deploying more than 175 observers throughout the country to work with local observation teams on the day of the voting itself. Haitians expect to elect a president, 10 […]

OAS and UN to work jointly on Haitian presidential elections

Caribbean Net News WASHINGTON, USA — The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Albert Ramdin, on Friday met with the Director of the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division and Haiti Mission Chief, Tadjoudine Ali-Diabacté. OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin    (OAS photo) At the meeting, they exchanged views on past visits of their organizations to the Caribbean nation to conduct needs assessments and lay the groundwork for the presidential elections that are scheduled for the end of the year, as established by the Haitian Constitution. Agreeing on most of the conclusions reached, the two agreed to work jointly and in a coordinated way to support Haiti before, during and after the vote count. “We want to go towards elections and have a legitimate government with a president, vice president, and a legislative framework,” said the Assistant […]

OAS Permanent Council Renews its Commitment to the Reconstruction of Haiti

The Bahamas Weekly The Member Countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) today renewed their commitment and support for the reconstruction of Haiti in a special session of the Permanent Council of the Organization in Washington, DC., in which they addressed the future of the Caribbean country following the devastating earthquake of January 12. Among the speakers at the Special Meeting of the Permanent Council on efforts towards the reconstruction of Haiti were OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza; OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert R. Ramdin; the Special Representative of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for Haiti, Percival J. Patterson; the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in Haiti and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Edmond Mulet; and the Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thérèse Marie Michèle Rey. […]

OAS announces Haiti election mission

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) — The Organization of American States (OAS) said on Wednesday it was sending a high-level mission this week to help Haiti work towards new elections after its devastating earthquake. Albert Ramdin The six-member OAS delegation, led by Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin, will visit Haiti from Thursday to Saturday at the request of the Haitian government, the 35-member bloc said in a statement. “The mission will seek to engage the Haitian authorities and other important stakeholders in the country’s electoral agenda,” an OAS statement said. Legislative polls, originally set for February and March, were postponed after the January 12 earthquake that demolished the capital Port-au-Prince, killing more than 220,000 people and leaving 1.3 million Haitians homeless. “At this juncture and in light of the enormous recovery and reconstruction task ahead, it is critical to help Haiti ensure […]

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