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US supports credible, transparent elections in Haiti

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 2:03 PM

WASHINGTON, CMC:

The United States has reiterated its support for "credible, transparent, and secure elections" that reflect the will of the Haitian people.

In a special briefing on Haiti here, dubbed "Roadmap Towards Completion of the Electoral Cycle," Haiti Special Coordinator and Deputy US Assistant Secretary of State Kenneth Merten, said the US strongly believes that only a democratically elected government provides the legal legitimacy to govern Haiti and provides the Haitian people with the transparency we certainly believe that they deserve.

"The United States has been interested in Haiti and in democracy in Haiti for a long time," he said.

Our goal

"Our goal here is to, again, to ensure that the Haitian people have a chance to have their voice heard about who determines their leadership," he continued.

"Their voice has already been heard in terms of populating both the upper and lower house, largely, of parliament, and the presidential election process now needs to run its course."

As one of Haiti's many international partners, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State said the role of the US is to support and strengthen democracy in the French-speaking Caribbean country.

Merten said the upcoming elections and the incorporation of the recommended steps by the Independent Electoral Evaluation Commission (CEP) to improve the transparency and fairness of the third round of presidential elections "will enhance citizens' overall confidence, we believe and the swift convocation by the provisional president of concerned sectors within society to designate new members of the provisional electoral council, we think is very important, because it will give this new CEP a chance to learn their jobs, learn, time to learn to avoid mistakes that have been made in previous CEPs," he added.