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Posted Sunday, October 10, 2010
WASHINGTON - US lawmakers are urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make
it clear that Washington will withhold funds for elections in Haiti next month
if they are not going to be free, fair and inclusive.
|Haiti's votes, perceived to
be rather charades, Clinton is urged to push for
free and fair elections the troubled Caribbean
|By Agence France-Presse
The US State Department said Friday it would respond later to the letter from
Maxine Waters and 44 other members of Congress. In the letter published
Thursday, the lawmakers expressed concern about the run-up to the November 28
presidential and parliamentary elections in Haiti, the first since January's
"Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council has decided to exclude candidates from
over a dozen political parties from participating in the elections, including
Fanmi Lavalas, Haiti?s largest political party," the letter said.
"The exclusion will undermine both Haitians? right to vote and the resulting
government?s ability to govern," according to the letter published on Waters's
website. The members of Congress said "allowing flawed elections now will come
back to haunt the international community later" because the new government will
have to make key decisions in the reconstruction of the quake-stricken nation.
The next government could make decisions that have a "lasting impact on Haitian
society, such as land reform and allocation of reconstruction projects among
urban and rural areas," the letter said.
"Conferring these decisions on a government perceived as illegitimate is a
recipe for disaster," it warned. "We call on you (Clinton) to make a clear
statement that elections must include all eligible political parties and ready
access to voting for all Haitians, including the displaced," the letter urged.
"The United States government should also state unequivocally that it will not
provide funding for elections that do not meet these minimum, basic democratic
requirements," it added. Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, said:
"Obviously we want free, fair, democratic, transparent elections to take place
in Haiti as well. "And we'll (be) looking into these... allegations in the
letter and... comment later," Toner told reporters. "I'm sure we'll review it...
and respond appropriately."
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