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Haiti PM promises crucial elections this year
Published on January 17, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Joseph Guyler Delva

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti’s prime minister pledged on Wednesday that his government will provide the necessary means to the electoral council to facilitate the holding, this year, of legislative and local elections that are crucial for the future of democracy in the Caribbean country.

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe
During a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Laurent Lamothe reiterated the commitment of his team and President Michel Martelly to democracy and the rule of law, of which regularly organized free, fair and honest elections remain an inescapable corollary.

"The elections will take place this year and my government will provide the means to support the work of the electoral council," said Lamothe, as he presided on Wednesday over the council of government.

"This will allow us to move forward on the path of democracy which this government believes in," he advised.

Many feared the worst in Haiti because of allegations that a major political crisis would result from a failure by the Martelly-Lamothe government to find a political consensus to facilitate the holding of such important elections.

Reports, which eventually proved to be unfounded, about a possible premature departure of ten senators, had also raised the specter of a dysfunctional Parliament that would result from the subsequent dissolution of the senate, which would no longer have the necessary quorum to hold a session.

Martelly has also, during an address on Monday before Parliament, reconfirmed that the ballot will be held this year to elect one-third of the 30-member Senate and hundreds of entities of local governance.

The election date will be announced soon by the electoral council, tasked with organizing the vote. Consultations are underway between electoral authorities and various political actors and civil society groups in order to reach a consensus on the electoral calendar and other important steps in the election process.
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