Trinidad and Tobago gives US$1 million for Haiti’s landmark elections

Oct 20, 2015

The first round of presidential elections will be held on 25 October, along with the second round of legislative and municipal elections. Photo: UNDP Haiti

New York, 20 October, 2015 – Trinidad and Tobago contributed U$1 million to support Haiti’s ongoing electoral process during a ceremony here today, reaffirming a “strong commitment” to the island state’s democratic consolidation, which is critical for stabilization and sustainable development.

This first financial contribution from a Caribbean neighbor to Haiti’s electoral basket fund comes just five days before the second to last round of voting. Nearly six million Haitians are eligible to elect a new President, 139 Parliamentarians, 1,280 local and 140 municipal administration officials. It is also the third consecutive time in history that Haitians will democratically elect a President, following the completion of two five-year presidential terms.

“My country is very thankful for this extremely generous contribution from our Caribbean neighbours in Trinidad and Tobago, supporting this historic electoral process that takes place at a significant moment for our country,” Ambassador Denis Regis, Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations.

“We all owe so much to Haiti, which played a crucial role—in the Caribbean and beyond—encouraging other nations to strive for independence centuries ago,” said Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Trinidad and Tobago Eden Charles during the ceremony at the country’s Mission to the United Nations. "I have recently seen great progress in our neighbouring country and am happy that Trinidad and Tobago can support Haiti's landmark elections.”

The first round of presidential elections will be held on 25 October, along with the second round of legislative and municipal elections. If no candidate has an absolute majority of votes in the first round (greater than 50 per cent) a second round of Presidential elections, along with local elections, takes place on 27 December.  The most complex electoral cycle in Haiti’s history will be completed with the democratic installation of the 50th legislature on 11 January and the swearing in of a new President on 7 February.

“The generous contribution from Trinidad and Tobago reaffirms the importance of intraregional support for sustainable development and democratic governance,” said Jessica Faieta, UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for UNDP, which, upon Haiti’s request, manages the electoral basket fund and provides technical support to the country’s electoral body (CEP).

“It is crucial to acknowledge the commitment and efforts of the Government and people of Haiti in working towards the completion of this intricate electoral cycle, in a serene environment, which is fundamental to re-establish institutional balance and advance towards long term development,” Faieta added.

Following a 16 July international partner meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, funding partners pledged an additional $10.5 million for the Haitian elections. The Government of Haiti not only remains the largest contributor, with a recent additional contribution of 300 million Haitian gourdes (around $5.7 million) but has also reassured that the third round of the 2015 elections will be fully funded. Other contributing governments are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Norway, the United States and the European Union. 

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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Trinidad and Tobago Eden Charles and Jessica Faieta, UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for UNDP signing the agreement
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Ambassador Denis Regis, Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations, Jessica Faieta, UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for UNDP and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Trinidad and Tobago Eden Charles during the ceremony.
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The ceremony took place today at the Trinidad and Tobago Permanent Mission to the United Nations

Contact Information


New York:

UNDP

Carolina Azevedo, Carolina.azevedo@undp.org

Mission of Haiti to the UN:

Willy Louis, willy.louis@diplomatie.ht

Mission of Trinidad to the UN:

Jacqueline Britto, Jbritto@trinbago.org

In Haiti :

Sophie Boutaud de la Combe,boutauddelacombes@un.org

Guillaume Joachin,guillaume.joachin@undp.org

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