OAS, Caricom send observers to Haiti
WASHINGTON – The Joint Electoral Observation Mission (JEOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) and of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) said yesterday it has deployed 50 electoral observers in Haiti’s11 electoral departments.
“In addition to monitoring the election campaign and the various stages of the electoral process, the JEOM will be meeting with election stakeholders,” a statement from the OAS said. It said that during this period of preparations for Election Day, the observers are paying particular attention to the actions taken by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to implement the measures it has adopted as well as the recommendations submitted by the electoral observation missions, including the JEOM, and by the OAS Expert Mission on the verification of the tabulation in order to improve the organization and orderliness of the second round of the presidential and legislative elections.
The JEOM says it welcomes the measures taken by the CEP to improve the organization of the second round and to thereby increase the credibility of the electoral process and the legitimacy of the persons elected.
The JEOM reiterated that its mandate does not include the provision of technical assistance to the electoral institution nor to participate in the organization of the elections of March 20. Instead, it said that its objective is to observe the various phases of the electoral process as well as to formulate recommendations to improve the process, which was done following the first round. “The Mission intends to reinforce its presence in all the departments and will deploy some 200 observers during the coming elections,” the statement said. (CMC)