October 18, 2021

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The United States wants more electoral transparency in Haiti

The United States wants more electoral transparency in Haiti

The United States on Monday lamented the lack of transparency in the constitutional referendum in Haiti that President Jovnell Moss wanted and expressed his “deep concern” at the “political stalemate” on the Caribbean island.

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“Haiti must hold free, fair and transparent legislative and presidential elections in 2021”, stressed the American mission to the United Nations during the inauguration of Ecuador ‘s new President shortly after meeting with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield in Mr Moisస్టర్s in Quito.

“Preparations for the June 27 constitutional referendum have not yet been transparent or comprehensive enough,” the U.S. mission to the UN said in a statement.

Since January 2020, the Haitian president has ruled Haiti without decrees and checks and balances, for not holding elections in recent years. But, according to OmTo me Thomas-Greenfield, Mr Moss is committed to holding elections in 2021.

The U.S. ambassador “expressed her deep concern about the current political stalemate in Haiti, the lack of accountability for human rights abuses and the deteriorating security situation,” her spokeswoman Olivia said. Dalton.

The hold of gangs in the Haitian territory has increased in recent months and has been implemented on a daily basis by an increase in kidnappings for redemption, affecting affluent minorities and residents living below the poverty line.

Jimmy Cherizier, one of the country’s leading gang leaders, has been the subject of a search warrant for more than two years, but he regularly posts videos and photos on social networks, from the areas he controls, in the heart of the capital.

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The former police officer, nicknamed “Barbecue”, is said to have committed several murders and shootings since November 2017 in poor neighborhoods in favor of political opposition.

The referendum organization Jovnell Mose also provoked criticism in the camp because the chosen approach did not seem to respect the provisions of the current constitution.

The chief diplomat in Haiti, the United States, has refused to support the referendum project, citing the need to hold short-term elections to restore democracy.

The European Union indicated it would not finance the June 27 referendum, saying the process was not considered transparent enough and democratic.

Written in 1987, after the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship, the text currently in force declared that “popular consultations aimed at amending the Constitution through a referendum were officially banned.”