Published On: Wed, Oct 1st, 2014

Haitian president promises elections as soon as possible

lamothe_martelly3NEW YORK, USA - Haitian president, Michel Martelly, has promised to hold as soon as possible free, fair and transparent elections to renew the political office holders as required by the system of government adopted by the Caribbean country.

Martelly announced that free and credible elections will be held in the country in the shortest time possible, without giving an exact date, which is to be determined by the Electoral Council (CEP), after approval of an amended electoral law, which is still blocked by a group of recalcitrant opposition senators.

"Haiti will organize, as soon as possible, free, fair, and transparent for the renewal of democratic and constitutional institutions," said Martelly on Friday during the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations.

"This is a must. Democratic rules require that, and I will stand by republican principles," said Martelly.

The Haitian leader claimed he has taken all necessary measures to encourage stakeholders to integrate the electoral process, while announcing a new round of talks in the hope of reaching a consensus about the next election.

"In my capacity of head of state, guarantor of the stability of the institutions, I have made every effort to find a consensus with all parties and institutions involved in the organization of the legislative and municipal elections," said Martelly.

"Despite the discrepancies, in the spirit of (forefather) Dessalines, I am confident that together we will find a consensus," he said.

"I am looking forward to meeting again my fellow citizens around a table to offer a harmonious space marked with the purest ideals that the Haitian people have set and to which we remain firmly committed," added the Haitian leader.

Martelly has repeatedly reiterated his call for action by a group of six recalcitrant opposition senators to pass amendments to an electoral bill needed to organize the election which will allow for the renewal of two thirds of the 30-member Senate, the entire House of Representatives and local government entities.

The American government, Democratic and Republican members of the US Congress as well as other representatives of the international community have, more than once, blasted the behaviour of the hold-out senators.

Haitian Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, has stressed on many occasions the fact that his government has made every effort to support the CEP, particularly by making funds available for its operations, and has expressed great concern about the continued failure by recalcitrant senators to help pass the necessary bill.

By Joseph Guyler C. Delva

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