OAS Approves of Electoral Process Despite Admitting Numerous Irregularities and Violence; CBC Urges More Caution
|Tuesday, 30 November 2010 11:32|
- late opening of Polling StationsThe mission also noted that "There were also deliberate acts of violence and intimidation to derail the electoral process both in Port-au-Prince and the provinces." Yet despite this, the mission reached the conclusion that "the Joint Mission does not believe that these irregularities, serious as they were, necessarily invalidated the process."
However, as The New York Times reports, the U.S. Embassy response was more cautious, noting that the OAS-CARICOM statement was "part of a process and we are currently consulting with our partners in the international community to better understand the details of what the observers saw nationwide.”
Meanwhile, 10 members of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus, who were in Haiti for the election, called on the U.S. to withhold support of the election until further investigations are carried out. The statement continued:
[W]e have serious concerns about reports that thousands of voters were unable to cast ballots, several instances of which we observed, and more severe allegations of outright fraud. The call by 13 presidential candidates to annul the election results raises profound questions about the validity of these elections. The government of Haiti, aided by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), must thoroughly investigate charges of ballot box stuffing and other attempts to manipulate the results and must determine whether fraud indeed took place and how it may have affected the results.Although the group acknowledged the importance of having a new administration when Preval's term ends in February, the group warned that:
But we cannot be so eager to declare these elections a success that we prematurely pass judgment on whether they were indeed conducted in accord with international standards.