CARICOM Observers Satisfied with Elections in Haiti

Prensa Latina News Agency

Observers sent by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to monitor Sunday’s general elections in Haiti expressed their satisfaction for the smooth development of that political process

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Haitians took to the polls despite pounding rain in the hurricane devastated southern part of the country. (Photo taken from http://haitiantimes.com)

A statement circulated by the organization from its headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana, declared its observers watched the work and vote done in 300 polling stations in three districts of the capital Port-au-Prince and its surroundings, including areas severely affected by Hurricane Mathew.

In its first statement, the Caricom observer mission asserts that the Haitian Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) not only deployed an improved capacity, but also the uniform execution of its duties in Sunday’s elections during which Haitians came to the polls to elect the president and other authorities.

Caribbean observers praised the hard work of CEP that despite the devastation and crisis generated by the hurricane managed to prepare a good election to which also contributed the people of that Caribbean nation with their proper civic behavior.

Compared to the elections of October 25th, 2015, this time the authorities and electoral personnel deployed more competence in the execution of their duties, says the Caribbean mission led by the head of the Guyana’s Elections Commission, Steve Surujbally.

The observer team attributes this improvement to the training of electoral staff carried out by the CEP.

The Caribbean Community urges all Haitian political parties and their candidates to ensure that their post-electoral behavior is in line with the law, the principles of the electoral process, and the internationally accepted norms and practices, the Caricom statement concludes.

 

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