CARICOM to mount Observation Mission for Haiti’s elections

caricomThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will mount an Election Observation Mission in Haiti for the first round of the Presidential Elections and the second round of the Legislative Elections which will take place on 25 October 2015.

The fielding of this Mission comes at the request of the Government of Haiti and follows the presence of CARICOM Election Observation Missions in St. Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

Fifty-three Presidential candidates will be vying for the support of the 5.8 million registered voters. The second round of the Legislative elections will be a run-off for seats for the Lower House and the Senate in Haiti’s 119 constituencies. The first round on 9 August 2015 saw some 2000 candidates from over 100 political parties vying for these seats.

The CARICOM Election Observation Mission will be led by Dr. Steve Surujbally, the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission. It will comprise eleven members, including election officials from CARICOM Member States and experienced election observers, along with two representatives of the CARICOM Secretariat who will also provide administrative and logistical support.

The team was scheduled to being arriving in Haiti on 21 October and will depart on the 27 and 28 October.

In view of the vote counting process which requires sending the tally sheets from all the constituencies to a Tabulation Centre in Port-au-Prince, the results of the elections will not be available immediately.

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1 Comment

  1. just irregularities
    October 22, 2015

    CARICOM Observer mission arrived in Haiti on the 21st., Yesterday, to monitor elections, on the 25th., Sunday.

    All the shenanigans taking place before the day people cast their votes in many of those Caribbean cannot be seriously checked. Issues of campaigning financing, bribery, disrespect for Electoral laws, have to be addressed.

    Although Observers have been in Dominica and although CARICOM, OAS, have recommended Electoral Reforms, i.e, Voter ID Cards, complete cleaning of the bloated Voters’ List. Nothing has happened. No change. Same old bloated Voters’ List. No voters’ ID Cards. No Campaign Reforms. About $30,000,000.00 spent by a Political party for an election in Dominica?

    Election observers have made statements about campaign financing, where those with the money to fund election campaigns end up running the country., manipulating, ruling the people.

    After all is said and done, the report may just mention irregularities took place.

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